May 28th, 2018 - 5:04pm
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the reality is the Liberals and the Prime Minister have shown their defeatist attitude on manufacturing from the start.
In fact, the largest Liberal investment in auto was a $525 million loan to Volkswagen for operations in the southern U.S. and Mexico. It is an absurd and reckless approach to Canadian taxpayers.
What we do not need is a list of isolated one-off hail Mary agreements. Since 2002, companies, suppliers, and workers have all asked for a specific, national auto strategy.
When is the government going to table what that specifically means for Canadians, companies, and workers? Defend their jobs for a change.
Hon. Navdeep Bains (Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I am glad that the member is very excited about this topic because he was at the announcements we made, when we invested over $5.6 million in the automotive sector since we formed government. This has helped create thousands of jobs in our economy. We are going to continue to focus on the automotive sector. It is absolutely critical to our economy. It represents close to half a million jobs, both part-time and full-time. We have a plan. We are investing in the automotive sector and we are seeing significant and historic investments in the sector.