Constantine George (Gus) Mitges
Mr. Gus Mitges (Grey-Simcoe):
Mr. Speaker, for some time the Canadian footwear industry has been consistently seeking a comprehensive and effective period of import relief to allow it the time to invest in new emerging technologies. Consequently, reliable restraints on footwear imports will be needed for a full five-year period if the Canadian industry is to survive as a productive and efficient industry fulfilling its potential to maintain Canadian jobs.
The restraint programs since 1980 have all been for short periods, and very spasmodic. For example, there has been a temporary termination of the leather footwear quota for one year, followed by its restoration for two and one-half years, and now a 16-month extension. These periods have seriously impeded the progress of the footwear manufacturing industry when viewed in the context of the investment process.
The industry is looking for something that is tangible and concrete-a period of reliable footwear import restraint. Therefore I call upon the Government to address itself to this serious problem, and make a positive decision which would significantly help safeguard the thousands of jobs in the Canadian footwear industry which are now in danger of being lost.
November 19, 1984
Sub-subtopic: FIVE-YEAR FOOTWEAR IMPORT RESTRAINT PROGRAM ADVOCATED