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NDP Pledges $8.2B For Canadian Green Collar Jobs

New Democratic Party of Canada leader Jack Layton says a NDP government would spend $8.2 billion over four years to fuel the creation of 'green-collar' jobs and industries.

OSHAWA, Ont. (CP) -- Jack Layton says an NDP government would spend $8.2 billion over four years to fuel the creation of "green-collar" jobs and industries.

The NDP leader is making the announcement at a campaign event in Oshawa, Ont., the cradle of Canada's hard-hit auto sector.

Layton says the money would include $4 billion to help the auto industry design and produce environmentally friendly cars and trucks.

Another $3 billion would go towards retraining workers for so-called "green-collar" jobs in the environmental industry.

He says the NDP would also spend $400 million on a job protection commissioner charged with investigating major layoffs and plant shutdowns to prevent jobs from leaving Canada.

Another $840 million would go towards research and development tax credits.

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