Doug Ford Shoots Back at Federal Liberals Over Bombardier Layoffs


He said no USA work is now being done in Thunder Bay, with "minimal" work on American contracts elsewhere in Canada.

Members of Unifor local 1075, which represents the bulk of the plant's workforce, have been bracing for bad news because orders for Toronto Transit Commission streetcars and Metrolinx Go Transit rail cars are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

Bombardier Inc. blamed the wind down of two important contracts and the Snatch The United States Act for its willpower to layoff 550 workers at its plant in State Bay, Ont. efficient early November.

Ford said the fix to all of this would be for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sign off on his $28.5-billion subway plan for Toronto, for which Ontario is hoping Ottawa will share the costs.

Fedeli was responding Wednesday to comments by federal Employment Minister Patty Hajdu who said Premier Doug Ford "sat on his hands and made empty promises" instead of working with her government to save jobs. He said that the extra contract of 36 GO trains would only keep the plant running for 72 more days.

Hundreds of jobs at the Bombardier rail vehicle plant are on the chopping block.

But in Saskatoon, he said responsibility for moving the project forward rests with the federal government. "And I think that's what the transit workers in Thunder Bay and all across Ontario - that's what they need to hear".

Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney confirmed layoffs were coming.

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Pasqualino laid segment of the blame for a lack of newest contracts on the province, alternatively, announcing that "our buyer is the executive, it's now not folks". "Therefore, we can not fully leverage our Canadian manufacturing footprint and expertise", Bombardier said in a statement.

He also pointed the finger at the Trump administration, which has backed Buy America-like clauses requiring a minimum threshold of local content.

"A company like Bombardier has no choice but to have an American manufacturing footprint and supply chain", Bombardier said in a statement. "We wish to retain the wheels turning".

"If officials would have moved quicker a year ago, we may have been able to avoid much of this", he said.

Last month, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford said Ontario's regional transportation agency, Metrolinx, extended an offer for 36 additional rail cars to Bombardier.

The threshold for local content requirements on public transportation projects in the USA now sits at 65 per cent, and will climb to 70 per cent this fall.

The transportation giant has been downsizing its aerospace and railway operations for several years as it attempts to improve profitability.

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