Mr. Speaker, yesterday we learned that Resolute Forest Products will have to close its Dolbeau-Mistassini mill temporarily. Why? Because of the Prime Minister's failure to deal with the rail blockade crisis.
People on the other side of the House go on and on about the middle class, but they clearly do not understand it. When a railway is blocked long enough to shut down a paper mill, that has an impact on the middle class.
Like everyone in my region, I am mad. I know what it feels like to be laid off. I worked in a paper mill until last September, and I have been through that. It is not easy. This is not just 167 people out of a job, it is 167 middle-class families facing instability. This crisis must end.
I hope the House will hear and heed the cries of the people of Lac-Saint-Jean. What the government needs to do is act on the Bloc Québécois' suggestions, just as it did for aluminum. Listening to us works.