Mr. Speaker, today marks the launch of National Textiles Week.
Since 1989 textile exports from such companies as Tiger Brand, Montreal Woollens, Cambridge Towel, Penmans-Forsyth, Barrday and others have tripled. This $10 billion industry has embraced NAFTA and exports to the United States are four times greater than before free trade. The Textile Human Resources Council is also launching its textile management internship program at Mohawk College.
Bringing together management, labour, government and education, this exciting program will train young graduates for emerging careers in the textile industry.
I congratulate the entire textile industry for its important role in Canada's economy.