5 ways Stephen Harper’s been successful at selling out Canadian auto sector jobs

Even though it’s the largest export industry in Canada, the auto sector hasn’t done so well under Harper’s Conservatives.

But now with a secretly negotiated new trade deal that we won’t see until after the election, things are ready to go from bad to worse.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being panned by Canada’s auto sector union, parts manufacturers and academics. Harper himself appears willing to concede it won’t be good for Canada’s manufacturing communities, announcing $764 million for research (spread across 10 years) to soften the TPP’s blow on the auto sector, but that’s been called a “drop in the bucket” that won’t attract any new investment.