This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
After facing strict criticism related to funding manufacturing sector in the country, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has assured that the Conservative government is going to focus on the manufacturing sector in the upcoming budget. Harper had recently faced sheer condemnation at hands of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and other opposition parties which accused him of ignoring Canada’s industrial heartland, Ontario, in favour of the energy sector in his home province.
In a speech to a caucus meeting earlier this week in London, Ont., Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau stated that “while Mr. Harper was busy not caring about manufacturing jobs drying up, his finance minister was telling Ontarians they had ‘no one to blame but themselves.”‘ He alleged that Harper and his ministers are mostly engaged in promoting their energy in the province, whose manufacturers and exporters stand to benefit from the sagging loonie. Just recently, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced $100 million in joint funding for auto parts manufacturer Linamar in Guelph, Ont. Quite noticeably, Mr. Harper finally met with Ontario Premier Wynne for the first time in more than a year this month.
Addressing the audience at St. Catharines, Ont., event on Thursday, Harper commented on the impact of plummeting oil prices. He said that “the oil industry isn’t remotely the entire Canadian economy.” Whereas, Industry Minister James Moore recently stated that while the government has done much to advance the cause of oil pipelines, its up to the companies involved to deliver.