Team Canada apparel to be produced in China
"Unacceptable", says President of Teamsters Canada
Published: May 2, 2008
Source: Teamsters Canada
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.”