Today’s announcement of massive layoffs at Blackberry is bad news for Canada and devastating news to the communities affected. Our sympathies go out to the thousands of families now worried for their future, particularly people in Waterloo and the surrounding region. We urge the government to make sure that affected workers are helped through this difficult time.
Unfortunately, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have been ignoring the economic warning signs. The government has fallen short on innovation and research and failed to propose a plan to create jobs, to replace the ones being lost every day. To make matters worse, radical cuts to EI mean too many families don’t get help just when they need it most.
New Democrats are committed to building a balanced and sustainable Canadian economy.