MPs criticize made-in-China clothes for Canadian Olympic team

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OTTAWA (The Canadian Press) - This summer's Olympic Games isn't the only thing made in China.
So are most of the uniforms of Canada's Olympic athletes - and that has some MPs crying foul.
"This is a no-brainer,'' New Democrat MP Paul Dewar said 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.''

OTTAWA (The Canadian Press) - This summer's Olympic Games isn't the only thing made in China.
So are most of the uniforms of Canada's Olympic athletes - and that has some MPs crying foul.
"This is a no-brainer,'' New Democrat MP Paul Dewar said 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 golden opportunity to promote its textile industry on the world stage. He said it's particularly unfortunate that the "unacceptable'' snub to Canada's homegrown clothing-makers should occur at a time when the industry is struggling.
Bloc Quebecois MP Pierre Paquette said the snub reflects the "laissez faire'' attitude of the Conservative government, which he asserted is not interested in boosting the prospects of the primarily Quebec-based textile industry.
However, a spokesman for Helena Guergis, secretary of state for amateur sport, said late Friday that the government is equally annoyed with the decision to use foreign-made clothing, but is powerless to change it. "The Canadian Olympic Committee is an independent body that operates at arm's length from the government,'' said Blair MacLean, Guergis' communications director.
"We do not agree with the decision to produce Olympic clothing offshore and would have preferred that the clothing was made in Canada.''
Earlier Friday, Chris Rudge, CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said the government had not raised the issue with the committee. He said the government likely appreciates that it would be impractical to insist on strictly Canadian-made uniforms.
Where possible, Rudge said the COC tries to use Canadian suppliers. But he said it's becoming increasingly difficult to find Canadian manufacturers who can supply the volume of clothing required to dress the athletes and provide the "replicas'' sold to the public.
"Times have changed considerably,'' Rudge said.
"The reality is that there's no longer manufacturing capacity in Canada that can meet the volume needs that are necessary to manufacture particularly the replica clothing that is sold to the public.''
Canada's manufacturing industry has been decimated by cheap foreign imports - especially from China - and the rising Canadian dollar.
The Hudson's Bay Company, official outfitter for Canadian Olympic athletes, has developed a new line of eco-friendly clothing intended to help athletes cope with the excessive heat and humidity in Beijing. It is made from bamboo, cocona and organic cotton.
While 80 per cent of the costumes provided to the athletes are made in China, HBC spokeswoman Hillary Marshall Marshall said the uniforms they'll wear during the opening ceremonies and on the medal podiums have all been made in Canada.

Organizations: Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Press, Hudson's Bay Company

Geographic location: Canada, China, OTTAWA Beijing

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