Canada says needs to work with U.S. on auto aid

Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:05pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada needs to work closely with the United States on how to aid the auto sector and help it restructure, a top aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday.

The aide told a briefing that the government hopes to have a promised aid package for the sector ready before the next budget, which is due on January 27.

Most of the government's plans to boost the economy and target specific sectors will wait for the budget but the auto sector's needs are more urgent, he said.

"Clearly there is a role for governments of Canada to play in a restructuring of the industry," the aide said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He added: "There'll be no blank checks, so any assistance ... will come with strings attached."

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Rob Wilson)

<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes part in a caucus meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 10, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>