At the end of a tense committee meeting during which a Liberal MP said concerns about foreign workers sound xenophobic, MPs voted to study the contract for the electric vehicle battery plant in Windsor, Ont.

Opposition MPs are seeking clarification around the NextStar Energy battery plant subsidized by $15 billion in taxpayer funds after it surfaced that it would employ 1,600 South Korean workers. The plant is a joint venture between European carmaker Stellantis and South Korean company LG Energy Solutions.

Conservative MP Rick Perkins introduced a motion to study the matter during a special meeting of the House of Commons industry committee Nov. 21.

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