Team Canada apparel to be produced in China
"Unacceptable", says President of Teamsters Canada
May 2, 2008
Source: Teamsters Canada
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This morning, the media reported that the clothing which will be worn by
members of Team Canada will be manufactured in China.
The apparel was unveiled last Wednesday. HBC, which was granted the
production and distribution contract, has announced that 80% of all
manufacturing activities have been exported to China.
“It’s totally unacceptable,” cries out in indignation Robert Bouvier,
President of Teamsters Canada. “Canada employs several tens of thousands
of textile workers, and HBC didn’t even have the decency to entrust the
production of our athletes’ apparel to Canadian workers.”
In 2006, a similar controversy had broken out during the preparation of
the Torino Games in Italy.
“Our athletes should be wearing apparel produced by and for Canadians.
It’s simply logical,” adds Bouvier. “Canada has lost tens of thousands
of jobs in this sector over the past few years. I hope that consumers
will remember HBC’s decision when the time comes for them to purchase
Team Canada apparel.”