NEWS ~ NDP IN SOLIDARITY WITH WORKERS AFFECTED BY THE CLOSURE OF NOKIA’s R&D CENTER IN BURNABY
June 14th, 2012 - 9:44pm
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NDP IN SOLIDARITY WITH WORKERS AFFECTED BY THE CLOSURE OF NOKIA’s R&D CENTER IN BURNABY
OTTAWA —Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster), Official Opposition Critic on Science and Technology Kennedy Stewart, MP (Burnaby – Douglas) and Official Opposition Critic on Industry
Hélène Leblanc ( LaSalle-Émard) deplored the loss of good quality jobs with the closing of Nokia Corps BC research Center in Burnaby BC.
"This is a very sad day for the Nokia workers and their families. I hope we can find some way to keep them here in Burnaby. We really need these talented people to help our growing technology sector flourish," said Stewart, Official Opposition Critic for Science & Technology.
The NDP MPs also criticized the Conservative government for its inability to maintain high quality Jobs and highly skilled workers in Canada.
"Canada has lost 550,000 manufacturing jobs since this government came to power & trails the industrialized world in research and development (R&D) while the Conservatives sit on their hands. Our thoughts are with the families that have lost a bread-winner. We pledge to put into place policies that will put Canada in a position to lead the world in R&D and allow facilities like this one to thrive,” said Julian.
“We have seen many other closures in BC in the softwood and manufacturing sector, we may also see more closures in the high tech and R&D sector of our economy. After job losses in Brampton, the workers at MacDonald Detwiller and Associates’ (MDA) operations in Richmond, B.C., are worried about warnings by the company that may proceed to layoffs in its aerospace and robotics division if the government continues to delay the development of its Radarsat satellite program as expected. Unfortunately as seen in the 2012 budget Bill C-38, the Conservatives have chosen instead to focus on attacking Canada’s scientists and researchers. It is high time that this Government propose an industrial policy that would encourage the industry to invest in research and development and tap into Canada excellent pool of highly skilled and workers”, said Leblanc, Official Opposition Critic for Industry.
New Democrats have consistently advocated more direct investment in support of R&D to help offset Canada’s poor performance in innovation. Canada continues to lag behind its OECD partners and Canada’s 2012 budget (Bill C-38) fails to correct the course.
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