Harper says oilsands driving auto sector’s growth

OTTAWA — The feds are pumping another $250 million into the automotive sector to help manufacturers develop stronger, safer and more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper also panned arguments from those who blame Alberta’s energy sector for artificially inflating the value of the dollar and hurting the manufacturing sector.

Harper said the surge in vehicle sales is being driven by provinces rich in resources “especially Saskatchewan and Alberta and in particular the oilsands.”

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