Clement says no special rules for Chrysler

Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:12pm EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada won't change its framework for aiding the beleaguered auto industry even though Chrysler said it may pull out of the country if it doesn't get more concessions from government and labor, the industry minister said on Thursday.

Chrysler officials "can say whatever they want. ... Taxpayers expect us to apply the same rules to everybody in Canada and we're not going to change the rules for Chrysler," Tony Clement said

Chrysler President and Vice-Chairman Tom LaSorda warned on Wednesday it could pull out of Canada if it failed to win sufficient concessions on labor costs and the amount of assistance the government makes available. It is also seeking a favorable resolution in a long-running dispute over back taxes, he said.

($1=$1.29 Canadian)

(Reporting by Louise Egan and David Ljunggren; )

 
<p>Industry Minister Tony Clement speaks to journalists in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 2, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>