Mr. Speaker, workers in manufacturing have been losing their jobs across Canada and the Conservative government has done nothing to help stem the tide. It has also done nothing to help working families with support programs.
In the greater Vancouver area, including my riding, over 800 jobs are gone as a result of Air Canada's decision to take operations elsewhere. All this, while the federal government is scaling back or cancelling programs to support workers and their families.
I call upon the government to take action urgently to ensure the security of workers' pensions and ensure access to all the employment related benefits.
The government also has to work with provincial governments to develop an economic plan to enhance the manufacturing sector in Canada.