Friday, July 18, 2008

Jim Flaherty's sterling track record

.....or is it Sterling Truck record?

Apart from Jim Flaherty's destructive claim that Ontario is the last place to invest in Canada, his own economic policies have also ensured that Ontario is the last place to find work in Canada.

Thanks Jim, you're doing a hell of a job:

Ontario's Sterling Trucks to cut 720 jobs

Updated Thu. Jul. 17 2008 10:43 AM ET News Staff

More layoffs have hit Central Canada's ailing auto industry. Sterling Trucks in St. Thomas, Ont., says it will give its workers notices Thursday announcing 720 job cuts.

That will bring the total number of layoffs at the plant to 1,300 since the fall of 2006. The union representing the workers says Sterling has been hit hard by tough economic times south of the border. U.S. companies have scaled back their orders.

"I'm deeply concerned and disturbed by it all ... (It's a) reflection of the downturn in the U.S. economy," CAW President Buzz Hargrove told Thursday.

Hargrove said the CAW will work with Sterling in the months ahead to help workers.

"Sterling is introducing a new model later this year. Hopefully that will turn things around," he said.

But Hargrove also noted the company's situation will likely not improve significantly until the U.S. economy bounces back.

The Sterling plant produces about 75 trucks a day and had employed about 2,000 workers only a year ago. The company, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America, is based in Redford, Michigan.

The impending job cuts put another dent in Ontario's struggling manufacturing sector. Statistics Canada reported this month that 45,500 full-time Ontario workers either lost their jobs or were put on part-time work in June.


Anonymous said...

I wonder. Does Sterling Trucks also make ambulances?

If so that creates a problem for Jim Flaherty, as there will be a shortage of ambulances for him to chase when he leaves office and returns to his former lofty "legal" career of insurance litigating ambulance chaser.

Hard to believe the folks in GM Truck plan ravaged Oshawa would ever re-elect this Minister of Tax Leakage Fraud.

One can easily debate whether these layoffs at Sterling Trucks or the GM Truck plant were a direct result of Flaherty's doing, but there is no debate whatsoever about the 2,000 layoffs that will soon occur at BCE, post the private equity leveraged buyout.....these folks have but one person to thank for their job losses.....Ambulance Jim.

Johnathon said...

Read this

The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming. The APS is also sponsoring public debate on the validity of global warming science. The leadership of the society had previously called the evidence for global warming "incontrovertible."

Now, will this finally put all the GLOBAL WARMING alarmists to sleep.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for pointing that out.....eventhough it is slightly off topic.

Meanwhile every reputable economist and tax expert in Canada has realized that Flaherty’s assertions about income trusts causing tax leakage had denounced such a claim. And to make matter worse, not only wasn’t there not any tax leakage to start with, this corrupt government’s tax policy has actually CAUSED tax leakage.

It doesn’t get dumber than that!.......actually it does....namely, if we re-elect these clowns back into office.

Income trust buyouts: Lots of activity, little tax revenue

Brent Fullard

Anonymous said...

Higher taxes = Less jobs...I know this is the Liberal way...but, to put the blame elsewhere is simply wrong. Ontario's high taxes are scaring off business...and to make matters worse the Liberal "GreenShaft" will further deteriorate our economy and add further unemployment.
Don't blame the messenger...blame those who like the higher tax rates.
Just imagine the pain that the Liberals can implement with the "Greenshaft"...a hidden tax that can be raised at will...without people actually seeing it...

Dr Mike said...


You say higher taxes = less jobs.

If this scenario is correct , then the lost Ontario jobs should be staying in Canada but just moving to a lower taxed region like Alberta.

I have as yet to see one of our Ontario manufacturing jobs relocate in Alberta--how many new car plants have opened out there??

The high price of oil which is of direct benefit to the Federal gov`t & to the Alberta base of their party is killing the car industry in Ontario ---it is not our few point higher tax rate.

So give me a break.

I have voted Conservative all my life--not next time.

Maybe while you are at it . you can tell me what is hidden behind the 18 pages of blacked-out documents that is supposed to explain Flaherty`s trust tax leakage.

Dr Mike Popovich

Robert Gibbs said...

Regardless of one's viewpoint on climate change, the fact is that oil and carbon-based fuels - not to mention every other mineral known to man on this Earth - will not last forever, and prices will likely continue to rise in the long-term as they become increasingly scarce.

So the sooner Canada is able to wean itself off of these fuels, the better.

And who, prey tell, is behind this American Physical Society anyway-the same or similar people behind other climate change deniers?

Dr Mike said...

Here is the correct version from the American Physical Society :

APS Climate Change Statement
APS Position Remains Unchanged
The American Physical Society reaffirms the following position on climate change, adopted by its governing body, the APS Council, on November 18, 2007:
"Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth's climate."
An article at odds with this statement recently appeared in an online newsletter of the APS Forum on Physics and Society, one of 39 units of APS. The header of this newsletter carries the statement that "Opinions expressed are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the APS or of the Forum." This newsletter is not a journal of the APS and it is not peer reviewed.

So Johnathon , check your facts before shooting from the lip.

Typical Con troll I guess.

I would be afraid to see what you think of tax leakage.

Dr Mike Popovich

Robert Gibbs said...

Updated 7/17/2008

After publication of this story, the APS responded with a statement that its Physics and Society Forum is merely one unit within the APS, and its views do not reflect those of the Society at large.