Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made a pretty big deal of the fact that she gave up her government supplied limo for an American made product the Chevy Equinox yesterday.

The only problem is the car is made in CANADA!

Here is the report from Paul Bedard of US News:

Solis proudly arrived at a media breakfast hosted by theChristian Science Monitor today in the shiny silver vehicle, which she has dubbed the “bullet.” She was asked about why she traded the standard-issue limo for the SUV. “What better example could I set if I encouraged my staff to go and purchase and seek how we could acquire a vehicle that would for me would send a signal that we’re for supporting our American workers, American-made products, fuel efficient as well,” she told the Monitor’s Dave Cook, who provided this video of her answer.

When Bedard informed Solis’ office of the fact the vehicle was manufactured in Canada and not the U.S. he received the following statement from Labor spokesman Carl Fillichio:

“Modern automobile manufacturing is a global industry and General Motors is a company whose reach extends far beyond the boundaries of the United States. Cars assembled here in the U.S. are made from globally sourced parts, just as cars assembled in other countries utilize parts made in America. Not only is theEquinox the second fastest selling SUV in America—a good sign for the overall health of the U.S. auto industry—66 percent of its parts were made in America. That’s up from about 50 percent just a few years ago.”

I think we’d better check Secretary Solis’ wardrobe to see where her clothes were made and her home to see if she is buying American there as well.

 

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