Canada-S. Korea trade deal could hurt Ont. auto sector: MPP

(QMI Agency Files)

(QMI Agency Files)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

TORONTO -- A pending Canada-South Korea free trade deal doesn't appear to build in enough protections for the province's crucial auto manufacturing sector, Ontario Economic Development and Trade Minister Eric Hoskins says.

After nine years of negotiations, signals from the Stephen Harper government suggest the two sides are getting ready to sign a deal, he said Thursday.

"My concern is that the federal government appears prepared to negotiate a deal which will significantly and negatively impact the auto sector" and the half-million households that depend on it, Hoskins said.

Manufacturers and unions in the domestic auto sector have also shared their unease that the agreement will not include provisions in other free trade deals to maintain a strong industry, he said.

The United States inserted a "snapback" provision in its free trade agreement that temporarily reinstates a 2.5% tariff on passenger vehicles if there is an exceptional surge in vehicle imports or if South Korea is in violation of the deal.


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