Liberal leader blasts Canada-South Korea free-trade deal
Liberal Leader Stephane Dion wants to see more Canadian-made cars hit the streets of trading partners, such as South Korea.
But that won't happen unless Canada's free-trade agreements give domestic companies the same privileges in foreign markets as foreign companies have in Canada, Dion said at a news conference in Windsor on Thursday.
Flanked by Canadian automotive leaders in the main lobby of Chrysler's Canadian headquarters, Dion announced his party will not back a Canada-South Korea free trade agreement unless it nixes existing trade barriers and boosts the Canadian industry's ability to compete.
Dion also called on the Conservative government to demand the elimination of all South Korean tariffs and non-tariff barriers, such as arbitrary taxes and oft-changing regulations, that prevent Canadian exports from getting into South Korea.
Dion is filling the political vacuum, and he will find a receptive audience in Ontario. Flaherty mentions productivity, says the Canadian economy is strong and offers that Canada is merely part of a trend within the entire industralized world. There is a definite lack of sensibility, and priority, within Conservative ranks when it comes to the problems in Ontario. Dion can capitalize, and his detailed statements today should give him credibility within the auto sector in particular, manufacturing as a whole.
On Tuesday, Dion announced an Economic Conference in Montreal, slated for September 10, which looks intriguing:
“In Montreal, we are bringing together some of Canada’s leading experts and business leaders to discuss and share ideas on how to meet the challenges of building a strong domestic economy and leveraging Canadian advantages in the global economy,” said Mr. Dion.
“What we hear at Montreal Conference will inform the basis of our Party’s next business platform. We need to make Canada’s economy as productive, competitive and sustainable as possible.”
The conference will feature prominent Canadians from the academic and business communities.
A high profile meeting, that will recommend some firm policy. On the economy, Dion suddenly looks engaged and relevant. A good sign indeed.