Unfair One-Way Auto Trade Is Destroying Canada's Auto Industry

Toronto, Ontario

February 14, 2007


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Unfair One-Way Auto Trade Is Destroying Canada's Auto Industry

Imported vehicles are devastating the Canadian auto industry. The latest figures show Canada now has an auto trade deficit after years of running a surplus. On February 14, DaimlerChrysler announced 2,000 jobs were being cut in Windsor, Brampton and Etobicoke.
At a press conference in Toronto Buzz Hargrove, national president of the Canadian Auto Workers union said it was the worst news Canada's auto sector could have received, coming on the heels of the recent job cuts at Ford and GM.
Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"Our young skilled people coming out of our high schools, our colleges and universities, have no opportunity to come into this industry with good paying jobs and an environment that's always challenging and exciting and it frustrates and angers me that we can't even get a meeting with the prime minister to talk about the problem of unfair trade. But if we don't deal with it we're going to continue to have announcements from General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler that will see our operations continue to reduce while others are continuing to grow their business and ship in."
Hargrove told the media that the "one-way trade" from offshore sees millions of cars flood our market and has turned Canada into an "also-ran" auto manufacturing country.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"Just a few short years ago we were the 4th largest producer of motor vehicles in the world. Last year we slipped to 8th. We're already if you look at the early numbers this year we're 9th and by the end of the year we will be 10th as China and India by pass us as major producers of vehicles."
The lack of protection and reciprocal trade agreements is penalizing the companies that do invest and create jobs in Canada.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"The companies that are providing the investment and jobs in Canada are GM , Ford, and DaimlerChrysler and yet we are allowing the Japanese and the Koreans and the European community to ship into our market without any penalty whatsoever while they close their market to our vehicles."
Hargrove said the Federal government has to act now.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"Everything is pointing to the situation getting worse as opposed to government recognizing the problem and trying to deal with it in an intelligent way."
The intelligent way according to Hargrove is to set up a new Auto Pact trading agreement.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"If they are going to build in China and ship here, surely the Chinese have an obligation to buy vehicles from us on a reciprocal basis. The Auto Pact signed in 1965, the Canada-US Auto Pact, was the most successful trade agreement in the history of the world. We're saying now that should be extended to Asia and the European community. There's no problem selling here but you have to buy from us as well, that's the principle of the Auto Pact."
For the 2,000 DaimlerChrysler workers losing their jobs the union is negotiating early retirement packages to help lessen the impact of the job cuts.

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