Windsor, Ontario – The Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) has applauded the decision by U.S. President George Bush to provide assistance to General Motors and Chrysler, and said that it will meet with both the Ontario and federal governments to develop a comprehensive plan in Canada.

However, CAW president Ken Lewenza voiced concern that Canadian workers may be “unfairly targeted” by conditions placed on the U.S. aid package.

“The over-emphasis on workers’ compensation has only succeeded in clouding the more pressing structural issue of unfair trade, both in Canada and the U.S., which has eroded the domestic auto industry to its dire state today,” Lewenza said.

Lewenza said that while the aid was desperately needed to keep the automakers afloat, politicians on both sides of the border must turn their attention to creating a level playing field for domestic automakers, as governments around the world already do, if the companies are to stay in business.

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