March 14, 2007

Federal industry minister commits to action on Right to Repair

Ottawa, Ontario – Representatives of the aftermarket industry have met with the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Federal Minister of Industry, in St-Georges, Quebec to discuss the issue of right to repair. The issue seeks to make mandatory sharing of computer information and specialized tools between auto manufacturers and independent repair facilities, giving consumers the ability to choose the mechanics repairing their vehicles.

The Minister offered his support and indicated that he will “speak with the car companies in the coming weeks about their refusal to release information, codes and tools to independent service and repair shops in Canada,” says the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA).

The meeting took place at the request of Marcel Veilleux, president of Beauce Auto Accessoires, a Uni-Select associate member which operates a total of seven auto parts stores in the Beauce region. Veilleux was joined by Benoit Fortin, president of Auto Quirion & Drouin, a NAPA associate member with four stores in the Minister’s riding, along with representatives of Uni-Select and AIA Canada.

AIA staff will be meeting with senior officials of Industry Canada in the coming weeks to discuss the outcomes of the Minister’s discussions with senior representatives of the car companies, and to determine the next steps in resolving the issue.

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