Time To Fight For Auto Jobs In Ontario

Province’s NDP Leader  says Ford is Wrong to throw in the Towel

Ontario Opposition and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

“We know that electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles will be at the heart of the auto industry moving forward. … Let’s be on the leading edge of the evolution. Let’s make the investments that need to be made. Let’s convince GM now that the vehicles of tomorrow will be built right here, in Oshawa and in Ontario.” Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

A Statement from the Office of Ontario’s NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

Posted November 26th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

A shocking announcement for auto manufacturing jobs in Oshawa. Could St. Catharines/Niagara be next?

Queen’s Park — “Thousands of workers and their families have been devastated by the news that GM is leaving Oshawa, and my heart is with them on this difficult day. But I believe the Province of Ontario can, and must, do much more than extend sympathy.

The province needs to fight like hell to protect the roughly 5,000 jobs at GM’s Oshawa operations, and the 5,000 families that count on them.

We know that electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles will be at the heart of the auto industry moving forward. So instead of sitting back and letting other jurisdictions lead while waving goodbye to thousands of good jobs, let’s be on the leading edge of the evolution.

Max Cananzi, president for Alectra Utilities Corporation, and St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik unveil the new electric vehicle charging station at City Hall this past October. Why doesn’t Ford promote the manufacture and sale of electric cars in Ontario?

Let’s make the investments that need to be made. Let’s convince GM now that the vehicles of tomorrow will be built right here, in Oshawa and in Ontario.

Today (this November 26th), I was disgusted to hear Doug Ford say that he’s throwing in the towel, and throwing thousands of Oshawa families under the bus by refusing to fight for good auto jobs. He’s already given up before trying. He’s writing off the auto sector. Auto workers and their families deserve better.

GM didn’t build Oshawa; Oshawa built GM. For a century, Oshawa has been a global leader in the auto industry. And we can keep it that way.

Oshawa workers don’t just want transition support — they want to keep their jobs.”

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2 responses to “Time To Fight For Auto Jobs In Ontario

  1. Toyota Nissan and Honda have the highest selling cars in the world, more than GM. Why doesn’t the government encourage them to expand in Ontario and employ these workers whose skills they need. Don’t just say too bad, a done deal. If I’m not mistaken, I don’t believe those companies ever got a government bailout either.

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  2. Chris Wojnarowski

    I like McKellar’s point. AND just maybe GM is not competent to continue running the Oshawa plant. Maybe a Canadian syndicate of union members, Magna, Linemar and other competent entities, backstopped by the Canadian & Ontario governments, should take over the plant and build Canadian cars, possibly as a GM franchise, to maintain up to date technology. I’m sure the Canadian cars will sell well enough to keep our people working. As I’ve said for years, a country that loses its ability to make stuff and grow food is not a viable country. This just proves my point that if we can be bullied by the likes of GM, we are truly vulnerable as a nation.

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