Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, Minister. I think it's pretty obvious that we're all on Canada's side, but I have to tell you as the member of Parliament for Oshawa that we build cars, and I'm extremely concerned. Our factories are going to be significantly affected by the tariffs on steel and aluminum. We always get complaints that Canada is the highest-cost jurisdiction in which to build cars, and it's really affecting our competitiveness.
I know that when the Americans first announced these tariffs, the Prime Minister was quick to go on a victory tour in Quebec, telling workers, “We got your back.” Unfortunately, we didn't get a great result there. We're being hit with these tariffs, so we know that's not the case.
When Mr. Trump says something, he means it, and he's going to follow through. Now we're threatened with these auto tariffs, and as my colleague said, the TD Bank calculates that 160,000 jobs could be affected. That's huge. It makes me extremely nervous.
I'm worried about the plan, frankly. You mentioned that auto is a priority, but Minister, in your speech last year you didn't really mention automotive as a priority. There's nothing in the budget about these tariffs in response. The government is running huge deficits. There's not a lot of fiscal room here.
You say that we have to be prepared, but what is the status of the plan? What can you do to assure auto workers that they're not going to lose their jobs? How far along are you with a plan to adapt to the eventuality of these auto tariffs?