moved for leave to introduce Bill C-312, An Act respecting the use of government procurements and transfers to promote economic development.
Mr. Speaker, I am privileged today to introduce the made in Canada act.
This act respecting the use of government procurements and transfers to promote economic development would stimulate employment and Canadian industry. It would do this by ensuring that our government maintains a minimum level of Canadian content in the procurement of our products and in federally supported infrastructure projects.
A discussion of this must be started if we are to get serious about stimulating our economy and not just stimulating jobs and industries overseas. Our major trading partners, like Europe, Mexico and the U.S.A., have had such policies in place for decades.
This act is intended to catch up and get the best value from hard-earned Canadian taxpayers' dollars.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)