Ottawa, Ontario – Representatives of the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) distributed 1,500 information leaflets to elected municipal officials attending the 2008 Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa on August 25. The union encouraged delegates to adopt a Buy Canadian policy for public purchases as part of its Made in Canada Matters campaign.

A Buy Canadian policy for public purchases is one of the many tools governments have at their disposal to stem the loss of good manufacturing jobs in Canada, said CAW president Buzz Hargrove.

“We just witnessed a near record total of 32,000 manufacturing jobs lost in the month of July alone,” Hargrove said. “Our governments, at all levels, need to be held accountable for these losses and start finding ways to support manufacturing workers in Canada.”

Hargrove pointed to a recent decision by the city of Windsor, Ontario to purchase 18 new hybrid public transit buses from New Flyer Industries in Winnipeg as an example of how purchasing Canadian-made products can encourage the creationn of good jobs and strengthen communities. 

Since the campaign was launched in the spring, the CAW’s “Buy Canadian-Build Communities” resolution has been brought to debate in a number of Ontario municipalities, and passed by city councils in Oshawa, Thorold and Woodstock, Ontario.

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