Mr. Speaker, Canada is losing more and more good-paying jobs. This past week was particularly bad in terms of job losses. In our region, it was the announcement by HudBay that it is closing the Flin Flon mining operation by 2021. This follows the closure of the smelter and the refinery in Thompson earlier this year. Nationally, we have seen the closure of the Oshawa GM plant.
We are seeing the hollowing out of the Canadian economy in key sectors, like manufacturing and the resource sector. While our communities have been working hard to diversify and find other job opportunities, there can be no doubt that the loss of these good-paying jobs is devastating.
Governments need to be there for us in tough times. They need to be there for Canadians, and the federal government has been largely absent. Despite the fact that the Flin Flon operation is directly under federal jurisdiction, the government has done nothing.
As the member of Parliament for our region, I believe that governments have to be engaged. The federal government must be at the table. These are tough times for northern communities and communities across the country. Our region and our country deserves better.