Statement in the House of Commons from December 2, 2010

Today I am standing up on behalf of the people of my riding and the people of Manitoba who are saying that Vale's plan to close the smelter and the refinery in Thompson is unacceptable.

Many Manitobans are critical not only of Vale but of the Federal government. How can this government justify giving Vale $1 Billion to strip out over 600 jobs from Manitoba and eliminate our major processing capacity? Did the Federal government know that Vale was planning to cut jobs when they gave them our money? Did they even ask? And where were our Manitoba Conservative Members of Parliament?

Is it just a coincidence that all this took place during the debate over foreign takeovers and potash in Saskatchewan?

One thing is clear, Vale's announcement is an attack on the people of Manitoba. This Government talks about job creation – how about we work to keep our jobs? This Government must be at the table. It is time for this government to stop standing up for Vale and to stand up for the people of Thompson and Manitoba.