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House of Commons Votes to Cap Clothing Imports From China

Thursday, February 22, 2007 > 13:50:25

( Newswire – Press Release via I.E. Canada E-Bulletin)

 Motion Demands 's New Government Immediately Negotiate with China

February 21 - The House of Commons passed a motion instructing the Government of Canada to immediately invoke World Trade Organization measures, Article 242 and cap the growth of clothing imports from to 7.5 per cent each year.

Alex Dagg, National Co-Director for UNITE HERE hailed the passage as a victory for workers and the domestic apparel industry.

“Apparel workers have been calling on successive governments to stand up for Canadian jobs,” said Dagg. “The House of Commons listened and voted to level the playing field for the Canadian clothing industry. The government must abide by the will of Parliament and immediately invoke the safeguard measures in Article 242.”

Supported by all three opposition parties, the motion easily passed the House of Commons last night by a vote of 155 to 119. The motion of concurrence to a House of Commons Trade Committee Report, calls on the Conservative government to immediately invoke Article 242 of China's accession protocol to the WTO and to also begin bilateral negotiations with .

“This government is refusing to stand up for Canadian jobs and workers,” said NDP International Trade Critic, Peter Julian. “Yet there are very simple and legitimate measures that this government could take, such as immediately putting in place safeguards on apparel imports from .”

Liberal International Trade Critic, Ontario MP Navdeep Bains, agreed with the motion.

“I support the recommendation of the Standing Committee on International Trade to assist the apparel industry by entering into bilateral negotiations with China and that this is the best way to level the playing field.”

Since January 2002, almost 50,000 jobs have been lost in the apparel industry in , half of those losses in

Quebec . Following the elimination of the decades old apparel quota system, many countries, most notably the and European Union, moved to impose restrictions on the growth of specific apparel imports into their domestic markets.

“The Minister of Trade must now immediately act to slow the growth of clothing imports from or the deep job losses in the Canadian apparel industry we have experienced, especially in Quebec, will continue,” said Lina Aristeo, Director of the Quebec Council of UNITE HERE .

For further information: please call Wynne Hartviksen, (416) 510-0887, ext. 265 or (416) 473-2632.





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