Hon. Ed Lumley (Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion):
Mr. Speaker, with regard to the preamble to the Hon. Member's question, I just returned from Manitoba where my colleague, the Minister of Transport, and I just announced a national centre for urban bus transportation. That is $50 million for the Province of Manitoba. Contrary to the Hon. Member's statement, the Liberal Party is very concerned about job creation in western Canada as it is in all parts of Canada.
With regard to the possibility of a Honda announcement, which will not be known until 3.30 this afternoon, we have tried to encourage some of the Japanese firms to look at all parts of Canada, western Canada, Atlantic Canada, as well as Quebec and the Province of Ontario. The key with respect to this potential announcement is the fact that they have a plant in Marysville, Ohio, where they have made about a $1 billion expenditure. The new production system called the "just in time" process, which the automotive industry is adopting all over the world, calls for part suppliers to be within a 75-mile radius of an assembly facility. Of course the bulk of the parts manufacturers is in southern Ontario.
The Hon. Member and all colleagues must remember that this is not Vancouver versus Toronto, Toronto versus Montreal, or Montreal versus Halifax. This is Canada versus the world. We must let these companies decide where the best place is to locate. Our real thrust should be to ensure that they invest in Canada.
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: REGIONAL INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION