Prime Minister Paul Martin spoke at the CAW Council meeting on Friday, December 2 in Toronto addressing 1,000 delegates and
guests in attendance from coast to coast.

Martin highlighted the Liberal minority government’s record over the last 17 months, including its economic progress and support for
key industries such as auto, aerospace, and the service sector.

Martin committed to continue to build and protect publicly owned national health care, highlighted the Liberal government’s
$5-billion plan for a national child care program, commitments for infrastructure renewal and more.  He stressed the importance of
ensuring that foreign markets are open to Canadian products, including vehicle sales.  He stressed the economy with the lowest
unemployment rate since figures were first kept by Statistics Canada.

“Free trade must be fair trade,” Martin told delegates.

He blasted the Stephen Harper Conservatives for silence on issues of importance like the economy and environment.  He said the
current election campaign is about a fundamental clash of values. “I want Canada to move forward, not back.”

He said that only he or Harper will emerge as Prime Minister on January 23rd.  “The wrong government could put it all at risk . . . it
matters who Canadians choose to lead the country,” Martin said.

Martin made a commitment to protect pensions for all Canadians.

NDP MP Joe Comartin addressed CAW Council later Friday stressing that there is a difference between the NDP and Liberals.

The NDP position on the need for anti-scab legislation and against the privatization of health care, for example, is clear, Comartin
said.

He blasted plans for massive corporate tax breaks by the Liberals stressing that money should go to the poor and needy.

Comartin emphasized how proud he is of the NDP record of pushing for progressive change from the Liberal minority government
and urged support for the NDP from labour, including the CAW.

CAW Council delegates adopted an election strategy - more information can be found by clicking the link below:

CAW Federal Election Strategy

Source:  CAW NewsNow
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