Canada commits to addressing auto industry concern

Fri Nov 7, 2008 2:37pm EST
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Industry Minister Tony Clement met most of the Canadian auto industry's top brass on Thursday and said on Friday he was committed with the Ontario government to addressing their concerns.

"As the newly appointed minister, I want to assure Canadians that I am very sensitive to the hardships our country, and especially our manufacturing sector, are facing," he said in a statement. "Yesterday, I met with CEOs from (the Canadian branches of) GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Magna, Linamar and spoke to the CEO of Ford and listened to their concerns about the future. I also met with Michael Bryant, Ontario's minister of economic development, and we are committed to working together to address these issues."

Linamar and Magna are auto parts makers. Both the auto parts industry and automakers are seeking special help from the government.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Peter Galloway)