Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association

Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association

June 27, 2005 14:03 ET

Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association: Auto Industry Applauds Government Action on Security and Prosperity

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 27, 2005) - The president of the association representing Canada's largest manufacturers of light and heavy duty vehicles applauded the joint announcement today by the Governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States on the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP).

"Our industry has worked closely with the government to help prioritize key recommendations to assist in creating a more competitive manufacturing and sales environment in North American for automobiles. As one of the most important and integrated industries in North America, initiatives that move toward common regulations and regulatory processes in the three countries in both the vehicles we produce and sell increase our competitive strength. As part of this commitment, we must address existing inconsistencies between the signing countries and establish a process for the development of new regulations. Additionally, the commitment to further streamline and simplify border processing, while working closer together on perimeter and domestic security is an excellent building block from the Smart Border Accord. With the priorities and plans for action identified today under the SPP, it is clear that they understand the integration of our industry throughout the region and that they have listened to the specific needs of our industry," said Mark Nantais, President of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association.

"These announcements represent an excellent first step for both the government and industry," stated Nantais. "However, it is vital that the governments work closely with industry through the Automotive Partnership Council of North America, as was announced today, to further develop and implement the detailed plans for our security and prosperity as soon as realistically possible."

The CVMA has a 79 year history of representing the Canadian automotive industry's largest manufacturers. The CVMA's members which include DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc.; Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited; General Motors of Canada Limited, and International Truck and Engine Corporation Canada, account for more than 75% of all vehicle production and over 57% of all vehicles sales in Canada, are Canada's largest merchandise importers and exporters, and directly employ over 50,000 Canadians.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association
    Mark A. Nantais
    President
    (416) 364-9333