October 23, 1987 (33rd Parliament, 2nd Session)

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Ian Deans

Mr. Jean-CIaude Malepart (Montreal-Sainte-Marie):

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary for the Minister. He forgot, or purposely omitted, to say that the U.S. will also have an additional market of 25 million. It is much easier for them to cover the Canadian market than for Canadian companies to cover the U.S. market.
To get to my question, it concerns workers in the electrical products industry. We know that according to a reliable study by the Economic Council of Canada, 5,500 workers in this industry will lose their jobs. Will these jobs be lost in Montreal, at Canadian General Electric and Northern Electric? Why didn't the Minister of Finance manage to get it in writing, as he did for the beer industry, and why wasn't he able to do this for workers in the textile, footwear, rubber and electrical products industry? We know 5,500 workers will lose their jobs as a result of this Agreement. Why didn't the Minister negotiate to deal with the situation? And the same applies to Bill C-22. If you want jobs and research, put it in the legislation!

Topic:   ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR PROTECTION OF ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY WORKERS
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