4 more plants just went under in the local Area in the last week, The NDP under Jack Layton is getting involved federally, and The NDP provincially under Howard Hampton are the only party even remotely addressing the issue. The closures are not just effecting the existing workers, in 2 of the plants there is speculation that the pension plans have been drained as well. If true than all the reitirees of those facilities might be leaving retirement, as they may be finding there pension cheques bouncing in the near future. This issue is huge for all of us in both Canada and the U.S. We cannot compete with cheap foreign labour, in many cases it is cheaper for a foreign product to be made, shippped, sorted, distributed and sold here than we can do locally because of our standards and cost of living. To heck with free trade, protective tariffs and levies on cheap foreign goods need to be restored along with the neccessary legislation to protect our markets. These coupled with tax incentives for 100% homegrown products and the companies that produce them.