Ontario, federal government trade blame for Bombardier layoffs

Andrew Cummings
July 13, 2019

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

Two major contracts in Ontario - for the Toronto Transit Commission streetcars and Metrolinx GO Transit rail cars - are slated to end this year.

Following news of Bombardier laying off half its workforce at a railway auto plant in Thunder Bay, Ont., the Toronto Transit Commission says its major contract with the manufacturer is not expected to face an impact.

In a statement posted to his Twitter account, Fedeli, the provincial minister of economic development, job creation and trade, said Patricia Hajdu "is doing a disservice to her constituents by playing politics with the livelihood of Bombardier employees".

Ford shot back that his government has put forward a $28.5-billion Toronto-area transit plan that could help keep the facility afloat, but he hasn't "heard hide nor hair" about funding from Ottawa.

Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says in a statement that Ontario Premier Doug Ford failed to deliver on a promised contract for the facility in her hometown that could have saved jobs. "Nevertheless the facet is, it doesn't test adore issues are going to jog attend up", he talked about in an interview.

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

The Ontario government is urging Bombardier Inc.

"Now you're looking at these people moving from Thunder Bay or working in the logging industry or the mining industry. Therefore, we can not fully leverage our Canadian manufacturing footprint and expertise", Bombardier said in a statement.

"Our government has spoken to executives at Bombardier to express our disappointment that their company has taken this step".

"Every day that the federal and provincial government don't get together and sign a new contract, it's going to be another day that my people are going to be laid off".

Both Mauro and Pasqualino have pointed to Buy America clauses in US transportation contracts under the Trump administration as hampering Bombardier's ability to land new orders.

"We want a commitment for the federal share of that historic $28.5-billion expansion". Company representatives said more job losses could be coming beyond the initial 550 as those contracts wind down.

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. No local content requirement was set by CDPQ Infra, the subsidiary of the Caisse leading the project.

Bombardier has been downsizing its operations for several years as it fights to come to profitability.

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