The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the federal government will do what it can & # 39; to help GM workers set out & # 39; Oshawa 'return on their feet, "while Minister of Innovation Navdeep Bains said Ottawa is ready to help those workers with & # 39; any way.
But both the federal and provincial governments indicate that there is little they can do now to save a key component of the Canadian company as executive operations pursuing a shakeup b & # 39; response to slumping car sales.
"I spoke with the president of GM last night. The first thing I said is:" X & # 39; we do? S & # 39; we do? '' The Premier & # 39; Ontario Doug Ford said this morning. "And he said," The ship has already left the dock. "
Both Bains and the Ford Premier seemed resigned to the closure of the plant Monday. When asked if there was anything the federal government can & # 39; do to convince the automaker based in & # 39; Detroit to alter the production of & # 39; another vehicle at the factory, Bains said the closure is part of a "global & # 39; restructuring plan" which will see facilities like Michigan and Ohio close.
"We are ready to commit themselves and work with them but they were clear about their position." Bains, the government leader on the auto file, said readers foyer of the House of Commons this morning. "We are very, very disappointed with the news … Personally, I'm very, very hurt by this. To see this close plant is devastating."
Monday confirmed GM closes its plant & # 39; Oshawa in 2019, leaving about 3,000 unjonizzata unemployed.
The plant makes the Chevrolet Impala, a vehicle that was once popular considering the krater its sales in & # 39; in recent years as consumer tastes shifted from small sedan and & # 39; medium to size larger vehicles such as tow trucks and vehicles & # 39; sport utility.
While Premier Ford said that GM can not be convinced f & # 39; this point to save the plant, the federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer told the House of Commons should immediately call for debate & # 39 ; emergency to crush the options to save the plant.
"This announcement is only & # 39; a few hours and do not want to quit the fight today. I do not want to say that the first day of & # 39; this announcement" Good. . "Certainly the goodness we can find something that indicates to protect these jobs."
Scheer has not offered any concrete suggestions to help its workers facing unemployment within a year.
"What options are government seeking to save those jobs? I want to have this debate & # 39; tonight emergency so that we can talk about X & # 39; can & # 39; done", said Scheer. "We owe it to those workers to explore every possible option to save these jobs and save this very important plant, so critical for the Southern economy & # 39; Ontario and, indeed, of Canada. "
Ford said Monday. Ottawa should concentrate on extending the Employment Support (EI) for established workers and commit funding to implement retraining workers affected x & # 39; anywhere else. Bains said "all options are on the table" for GM employees.
Trudeau said he spoke to CEO & # 39; GM, Mary Furthermore, to express "the great disappointment" his birthday with. Trudeau met & # 39; to & # 39; Also several times since assuming office. She is a member of the board in Canada and the US Council for Advancement & # 39; Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, co-developed by Trudeau Council and US President Donald Trump.
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Jerry Dias, the president & # 39; Unifor – the union representing workers at the plant – said the union has to fight tooth and nails to bring another product in the plant to preserve jobs.
"Unifor not accept the closure of the plant as lost conclusion," said Dias in & # 39; statement. "Oshawa has been in & # 39; this situation before with no product on the horizon and we were able to make the case with & # 39; success for ongoing operations. We will again fight again & # 39 others, to keep these auto good paying jobs. "
They're not closing our plant woman without hell & # 39; fight. We are sick and tired of all GM shipping our jobs to Mexico.– National President Jerry Dias Unifor
F & # 39; speech to workers at & # 39; local Anifor 222 in & # 39; Oshawa Monday afternoon, Dias continued more – promising & # 39; answer "very aggressive".
"They do not close the plans & # 39; without our damn hell & # 39; fight. We are sick and tired of GM shipping all our jobs to Mexico." Look at what they have done for manufacturing footprint in & # 39; this country ", said Dias.
Dias said he would fly to Ottawa Tuesday to meet & # 39; Trudeau. The Labor leader has a relationship of & # 39; friendship with the federal Liberal government – he worked closely with & # 39; Ottawa by again & # 39; negotiated the NAFTA does & # 39; the United States and Mexico.
"We say to the government," We will have to use every trick and every tool and government power to ensure that the GM understands that is not to bring back this country again ", said Dias." We General Motors will not let jerk us around. nieħuha will not sit. "
Beyond Oshawa, GM plans to close its operation in & # 39; Lowerstown, Ohio – making the compact Chevrolet Cruze – the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which are the Chevrolet Volt product, Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac CT6 and two other transmission plants in the United States.
While the operation & # 39; Oshawa is the decades shell & # 39; its previous cuts, Bains accepted that the closure will be "incredibly devastating" for the local community.
The closure will be diverted much beyond the municipal boundaries, as many other providers & # 39; Canadian auto parts employing the south plant & # 39; Ontario.
Bains said the government remains & # 39; committed to supporting the largest automobile sector, which employs 500,000 Canadians with & # 39; either directly or indirectly. He said that companies in the industrial and technology can continue to exploit the fund & # 39; Strategic Innovation for government support.