You’ve all heard of the use of “just in time” inventory management that revolutionized the car industry.....now we have Harper using tax payer money to fund “just in time” pork barrel politics.
Why was this money not forthcoming a year ago when it would have done the most good, if it makes such good sense today? Flaherty himself turned this very investment Ford Essex Engine Plant down cold, on the basis that government isn’t very good at picking winners from losers. Flaherty would know. Let’s hope the electorate is more adept at picking winners from losers this time around.
Ottawa gives Ford plant a boost
Globe and Mail Update
September 3, 2008 at 2:22 PM EDT
WINDSOR, ONT. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Wednesday that Ottawa will give Ford Motor Co. of Canada up to $80-million in assistance to help it produce more fuel-efficient engines at a once-mothballed Windsor plant.
The pre-election aid is the first direct cash the Conservatives have given to auto makers since taking power and is a bid to quell charges they have done little to salve the pain being felt by Ontario's battered manufacturing sector.
The campaign-style announcement also helps shore up support for Tory candidates in the Windsor area including area MP Jeff Watson.
Forget Ford, here's Harper's real automotive manufacturing strategy
Federal Bus Purchase a Travesty, Desnoyers Says
July 27, 2007
Federal government plans to purchase up to 30 buses from a European company rather than a Canadian manufacturer is a travesty that will mean more hardship for Canadian workers, families and their communities, CAW Quebec Director Luc Desnoyers says.
Public Works Minister Michael Fortier is defending the federal government’s decision to select a German bus maker over two Canadian firms, including Quebec’s Prevost Car Inc. Fortier claims the federal government will save money by purchasing buses from Germany. CAW Local 911 represents workers at Prevost.
Desnoyers said Quebec manufacturing has been hard hit by the rise in the value of the Canadian dollar compared to the U.S., unfair trade agreements and the lack of federal government action to protect manufacturing jobs.
“This latest decision is a travesty for Quebec workers. The awarding of this bus contract to Prevost would have meant up to 60 laid off workers were called back as well as greater security for hundreds of other workers,” Desnoyers said. “The government’s decision doesn’t take into account the loss in tax revenues, lost wages within the community or the social impact on workers and their families.”
Since the beginning of 2007, Quebec has lost 43,500 manufacturing jobs, according to Statistics Canada. The CAW has launched a “Manufacturing Matters” campaign, part of which calls for governments to buy Canadian-made products.
The Department of National Defence says it needs up to 30 buses over the next three years to transport military personnel between bases
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
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