September 10, 2008 09:41 ET

Layton Announces Plan to Stop Manufacturing Sector Sell-Out

Prudent, step-by-step plan aims to create 40,000 manufacturing jobs

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2008) - Canada's manufacturing industry is in free-fall and Stephen Harper doesn't care. New Democrat Leader Jack Layton does.

Today, Layton sets out a prudent, responsible, step-by-step plan to strengthen and renew Canadian manufacturing, through smart investment, stimulating innovation and fairer trade policies.

"It's time we had a Prime Minister who'll fight for working families. The manufacturing sector has been hit hard," said Layton outside General Motors in Oshawa. "Jobs are disappearing overseas. Harper is doing nothing, and proposes to do nothing some more. Working families are the last priority of Stephen Harper."

Standing with New Democrat candidate Mike Shields, former President of Canadian Auto Workers local 222, Layton announced the New Democrats' six-point plan:

New Democrats would:

- Stop unproductive, untargeted and fiscally irresponsible corporate tax cuts, and target investments instead to stimulate innovation

- Invest in low-emission vehicle production

- Train new and displaced workers through a Green Collar Jobs Fund

- Create a Jobs Commissioner to investigate shutdowns

- Develop sector-based industrial strategies

- Stop the export of Canadian jobs overseas through new, manufacturing-friendly trade policies while adopting a Made-in-Canada procurement policy for the federal government and its agencies.

New Democrats will commit an average of $2 billion a year to this program, aiming to directly create 40,000 new manufacturing jobs and thousands of spin-off jobs while protecting many more.

Layton called on business, labour, government and communities to come together around his six-point plan and attacked Prime Minister Harper for being out of touch with the realities of the auto industry in particular.

"Unlike Stephen Harper, I'll be a Prime Minister who'll take tough action to stop the export of Canadian jobs overseas," said Layton.

Contact Information

  • NDP Press Office: 613-236-3613 x 2833
    For Campaign 2008 Leader's Tour related requests ONLY:
    Karl Belanger, Press Secretary to Jack Layton,
    613-720-6463 (karl@ndp.ca)