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With local unemployment highest in region NDP to focus on jobs

BRANTFORD – Hot off the heels of another devastating rise in the local unemployment rate Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will be making his second visit to Brantford this year to talk about jobs, listen to the concerns of local business and make a case for the NDP to manage the Canadian economy after the next federal election.

The latest numbers released by Brant Jobs show Brantford and area’s unemployment has risen nearly a full point and back to 8.6%.

“Despite governing since 2006 and having their coveted majority for well over a year the Conservatives record on unemployment has been an abject failure,” says 2011 Brant NDP Federal Candidate Marc Laferriere who will accompany Mulcair on his visit. “The Conservatives like to recite their talking points about ‘jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.’ The problem remains that these things have not occurred under Conservative policies.”

“The top priority for most Canadians is jobs yet unemployment nationally and locally has been far too high under the Harper Government,” said Laferriere. “We have witnessed years of weak job numbers locally that have been consistently above the federal, provincial and regional averages – and now we see the worst unemployment numbers in the region.”

“I’m excited for Tom Mulcair to share his vision for better employment in the region on Wednesday.”

Mulcair’s job-focused visit will centre on a local manufacturer ProFab Plastics located at 162 Bruce St on Wednesday September 12th from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Pro-Fab Plastics is a member of the Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce and was established in 1980 to create point of purchase displays, formed & fabricated jewelry, sunglass displays and other items for the retail industry.

Due to the nature of the tour and safety regulations only accredited media outlets will be allowed into the factory floor for the site tour and press availability.