Mr. Girve Fretz (Erie):
Mr. Speaker, it has come to my attention that yet another plant in my riding may be forced to shut down or lay off workers due to the loss of a market for its products. The company in question, Port Colborne Forgings, was informed recently that forgings from the company destined for use by the United States military would no longer be required as of May 24. This came about as a result of a directive issued by the American Government which indicated, essentially, that as of that date no defence contracts were to be let to companies outside the United States. This ruling affects a number of companies in Canada doing related work.
For the City of Port Colborne this sudden and arbitrary decision could mean the loss of another 25 jobs in a community already badly shaken by massive lay-offs at Inco. As their federal Member of Parliament I ask, on behalf of the company and the community, that officials from the Department of Regional Industrial Expansion and the Department of External Affairs take immediate action to ensure that this directive is softened or changed. By so doing, we could ensure that Canadian companies continue to be able to export products for the United States defence market, especially in light of the fact that we in this country are co-operating with our neighbours to the South in fulfilling our treaty obligations under NATO and NORAD.
Sub-subtopic: LOSS OF UNITED STATES MILITARY ORDER TO PORT COLBORNE PLANT