Mr. Speaker, try telling that to the 130,000 people who lost their jobs last year in manufacturing.
Statistics released just yesterday show that economic output contracted 0.7% in December, a major decrease in fourth quarter exports caused by a drastic 2.7% decrease in international shipment of goods. Manufacturing activity was down 3.2%, the lowest level since 2001. Motor vehicle production shrank 27%, the largest drop since 1990. All these declines amount to one thing: ordinary Canadians losing their jobs.
Is the Minister of Finance sure that ignoring it is going to make it go away?