Federal Bus Purchase a Travesty, Desnoyers Says
July 27, 2007
Federal government plans to purchase up to 30 buses from a European company rather than a Canadian manufacturer is a travesty that will mean more hardship for Canadian workers, families and their communities, CAW Quebec Director Luc Desnoyers says.
Public Works Minister Michael Fortier is defending the federal government’s decision to select a German bus maker over two Canadian firms, including Quebec’s Prevost Car Inc. Fortier claims the federal government will save money by purchasing buses from Germany. CAW Local 911 represents workers at Prevost.
Desnoyers said Quebec manufacturing has been hard hit by the rise in the value of the Canadian dollar compared to the U.S., unfair trade agreements and the lack of federal government action to protect manufacturing jobs.
“This latest decision is a travesty for Quebec workers. The awarding of this bus contract to Prevost would have meant up to 60 laid off workers were called back as well as greater security for hundreds of other workers,” Desnoyers said. “The government’s decision doesn’t take into account the loss in tax revenues, lost wages within the community or the social impact on workers and their families.”
Since the beginning of 2007, Quebec has lost 43,500 manufacturing jobs, according to Statistics Canada. The CAW has launched a “Manufacturing Matters” campaign, part of which calls for governments to buy Canadian-made products.
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