Alastair William Gillespie (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce)
Hon. Alastair Gillespie (Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce):
Mr. Speaker, we have been in very close touch with the industry. In particular, we are trying to assist the parts industry which suffered the greatest slowdown last year. The hon. member should know that the strength of the Canadian automobile industry depends now, and will in the long run, on the strength of the United States market. Very close to 80 per cent of the production of Canadian auto plants goes to the United States. When that market is weak, it has an effect on the Canadian auto industry.
Sub-subtopic: AUTOMOBILES-GOVERNMENT ACTION TO DEAL WITH RECESSION CAUSED BY LAY-OFFS