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CanadaDoug Ford Blames Justin Trudeau's Incoming Carbon Tax For General Motors Plant Closure

14:41  29 november  2018
14:41  29 november  2018 Source:   huffingtonpost.ca

Feds promise help for laid-off GM workers

Feds promise help for laid-off GM workers OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is deeply disappointed General Motors is closing its Oshawa assembly plant and will do everything possible to help workers who will lose their jobs. Trudeau says he spoke on Sunday to GM CEO Mary Barra to express his unhappiness about the decision, which is one of several closures of GM facilities in Canada, the United States and overseas. Industry Minister Navdeep Bains says the government is looking at all options but that GM has been very clear that its position on the closure is not negotiable.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ' s carbon tax is the "single biggest issue killing jobs," Ontario Premier Doug Ford claimed Wednesday, blaming it for the looming closure of the General Motors plant in Oshawa. "You could be for manufacturing jobs or you could be for the carbon tax , but you can't be for

Justin Trudeau and his reckless carbon tax would do great damage to Ontario. He should not be congratulated for this. Doug Ford : Firstly, we will take Justin Trudeau to court. I have spoken to Jason Kenney about coordinating our efforts to fight this job killing tax .

Doug Ford Blames Justin Trudeau's Incoming Carbon Tax For General Motors Plant Closure© Provided by AOL Inc. Ontario Premier Doug Ford addresses the Ontario PC Convention in Toronto on Nov. 16 , 2018.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says years of Liberal policies are to blame for General Motors' decision to close its plant in Oshawa, Ont.

"GM didn't make this decision overnight," Ford told reporters at Queen's Park on Wednesday. "They didn't make it six months ago. It is the result of years of governments that just don't care about job creators, or how hard it is to run a business or create a job."

The premier singled out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — just two days after saying he wouldn't point the finger at the federal government.

Trudeau vows to help get GM workers 'back on their feet' as automaker stands firm on Oshawa closure

Trudeau vows to help get GM workers 'back on their feet' as automaker stands firm on Oshawa closure Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today the federal government will do what it can to help laid-off GM workers in Oshawa "get back on their feet," while federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said Ottawa stands ready to assist those workers any way it can. But both federal and provincial governments are signalling there's little they can do now to save a key component of the company's Canadian operations as executives pursue a global shakeup in response to slumping auto sales. "I talked to the president of GM last night.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he will not be casting blame on the federal Liberal government over the decision by General Motors to close an assembly plant in Oshawa and lay off nearly 3,000 The Ford and Trudeau governments have clashed publicly on everything from the federal carbon pricing

General Motors ’ decision to close its Oshawa plant is treated by the federal and Ontario governments as irreversible In making it, GM has taken advantage of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ’ s fascination with high technology and Ontario Premier Doug Ford ’ s laissez-faire approach to industrial policy.

"You can't campaign for a job-killing carbon tax on Monday, and sit around and wonder why manufacturing and automotive jobs are leaving on Tuesday," Ford said, referencing Trudeau's trademark environmental policy.

"You can be for manufacturing jobs, or you can be for the carbon tax. But you can't be for both."

Watch Premier Ford's initial comments on the closure:

Almost 3,000 people are expected to lose their jobs and an estimated $300 million will be sucked out of Ontario's economy when the plant shuts down a year from now.

"There is no one in this entire country, including [union leader] Jerry Dias, including the prime minister, including the NDP leader, that has talked to more GM workers than I have," Ford said. "I'm the only one that's fighting for them as all the others talk, talk, talk."

Oshawa GM plant closure a ‘disappointment’ for engineering students

Oshawa GM plant closure a ‘disappointment’ for engineering students Some automotive engineering students who had hoped to get jobs at GM are now looking for other options, after Monday's announcement that the Oshawa plant will be shutting down.

They may be political rivals, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford are joining forces, promising to help General Motors workers after the company’ s plant closes in 2019.

They may be political rivals, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford are joining forces, promising to help General Motors workers after the company’ s plant closes in 2019.

On Monday, Trudeau told the House of Commons that he will be collaborating with Ford to support workers in Oshawa and the surrounding region.

"We will be working together on this one in a way that is not political because we know that being there to support the workers in the region is what people expect of all of their orders of government," the prime minister said.

GM shifts to electric

The plant closure is part of a broad restructuring, GM said in a statement on Monday. The company will shift its focus to building cars that are electric or self-driving.

During question period on Wednesday, Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner asked the government to create a strategy to attract electric-vehicle producers to the province.

Doug Ford Blames Justin Trudeau's Incoming Carbon Tax For General Motors Plant Closure© Provided by AOL Inc. Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner poses for a photo in Toronto on Aug. 15, 2011.

"We should be leading the [electric vehicle] revolution, not losing jobs to it," Schreiner said in a statement. "The world is changing and Ontario needs to plan for it."

Workers return to GM's Canada plant; union to meet Trudeau

Workers return to GM's Canada plant; union to meet Trudeau Workers return to GM's Canada plant; union to meet Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he told GM ’ s global CEO Mary Barra that he was deeply WATCH: Trudeau says they will work with Ford Motors to protect auto worker jobs amid GM plant closure . We know that GM and other automakers are affected by the Liberal carbon tax , so before

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons. The timing of the GM plant closure , coming immediately after an optimistic fall economic General Motors ' decision to stop assembling vehicles at its Oshawa plant a year from now was made, for all intents and purposes, by stealth.

Sales of electric cars were soaring in Ontario when Ford's government cancelled a rebate program for buyers in July.

The incentive programs were funded by the former Liberal government's cap-and-trade pollution price. Companies had a cap on the amount of pollution they could emit, and had to buy credits in order to exceed that cap. The money was used to fund environmental programs like the electric vehicle rebate.

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Scrapping cap-and-trade was one of Ford's key campaign promises. His Progressive Conservative government moved to repeal the scheme just days after taking office. Ford says that companies were passing the extra costs onto consumers, making life unaffordable for Ontarians.

Now that Ontario doesn't have its own price on pollution, Trudeau's federal government will impose one on the province on Jan. 1, 2019.

Cap-and-trade would have been much cheaper for consumers than the federal carbon tax in the long-run, an analysis by Ontario's Financial Accountability Office found.

Martinrea to shut plant when GM Oshawa closes

Martinrea to shut plant when GM Oshawa closes Martinrea to shut plant when GM Oshawa closes

The president’ s remarks follow GM ’ s announcement on Monday about closing assembly plants in Detroit-Hamtramck and Lordstown, Ohio, along with transmission plants in Warren and the “I said, ‘You know, this country has done a lot for General Motors . You better get back in there soon.

Decision to end program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions puts Ontario in line for showdown with federal government.

Ford has promised a plan to fight climate change that does not include a price on pollution. Environment Minister Rod Phillips is scheduled to unveil it on Thursday.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost Canada.

Oshawa GM plant closure to cost Durham more than 5,000 jobs: union president.
The head of the union representing thousands of workers at GM's Oshawa plant warns the closure will have a "devastating" impact on Durham Region.

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