Federal Opposition members are questioning why the Canadian Olympic team's uniforms and gear are being made mostly in China -- especially during a time when Canada's textile industry is struggling.
The teams' official supplier, the Hudson's Bay Company, on Wednesday unveiled the designer duds to be worn by Canada's athletes during this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing. About 80 per cent of the uniforms will be made in China, and that number goes up to 90 per cent for Olympic wear sold to the public.
Critics say Canadian athletes should wear clothing manufactured strictly in Canada.
"This is a no-brainer," said New Democrat MP Paul Dewar on Friday.
"This is our Olympic team. We should be ensuring that all of our Olympic athletes are proudly wearing Canadian-made textiles and all of their uniforms should be made in Canada."
Liberal MP Denis Coderre said Canada is missing a "tremendous opportunity" to promote this country's textile industry on the world stage -- and called it an "unacceptable" snub considering the industry's struggles.
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"Made in Canada" is probably too pricey?
Or because China is the host country, and we want to be nice to them?
Or we've bought last time in China and were satisfied.... why change?
What do you think?
I think they should shut up about it for now. It is too late, and changing now is an insult to China! But next time they definitely should buy from a Canadian manufacturer and.....pay double the price, since we don't have the benefit of child slave-labor!