Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today that the federal government is doing what can help GM Oshawa's retreat workers "go back to their feet," while Federal Minister for Innovation Navdeep Bains said that Ottawa is ready to help these workers in any way.
But both federal and provincial governments have signaled that there is little they can do to save a key component of Canadian operations because executive directors are pushing for global shakeup in response to a drop in car sales.
"I spoke to GM President last night. The first thing I said was," What can we do? "" What do we have to do? "Said Prime Minister Ontario Doug Ford this morning." And he said, "The ship was already out of the dock." "
Both Bains and Premier Ford resigned on Monday to close the race. Asking whether a federal government could do anything to convince a Detroit-based carmaker to move another vehicle to the factory, Bains said closure is part of a larger "global restructuring plan" that will see similar facilities in Michigan and Ohio close .
"We are willing to cooperate and work with them, but they are clearly convinced of their position," said Bains, government leadership in the automobile file, this evening in the evening hall of the House of Commons to journalists. "We are very, very disappointed with the news … Personally, I am very, very wounded. Seeing this plant near is devastating."
GM confirmed on Monday that it would close its Oshawa plant in 2019, knocking out about 3000 unionists from work.
The race is made by the Chevrolet Impala, once a popular vehicle that has seen its sales craft in recent years, as consumers' taste has shifted from small and medium-sized sedans to larger vehicles such as pickup trucks and sports cars.
While Prime Minister Ford said it seemed GM could not be convinced of plant conservation at the moment, federal conservative leader Andrew Scheer said the House of Commons should immediately call a contingency debate to pay off possible plant conservation options.
"This announcement is only a couple of hours old and I do not want to give up today, and I do not want to say that the first day of this announcement is" OK, that's all, "Scheer told reporters in Toronto," We can definitely find something we want to protect. "
Scheer did not provide any concrete proposals to help workers who are now unemployed a year ago.
"What options are the government trying to save these jobs? I want to have this debate overnight so we can talk about what can be done," Scheer said. "We owe these workers to explore every possible way of saving this job and saving such a plant that is so important and critical to the economy of southern Ontario and indeed to Canada."
Ford said Monday that Ottawa is focusing on extending EI to redundant workers and is committed to funding new training for deploying disabled workers elsewhere. Bains said "all possibilities are on the table" for GM employees.
Trudeau said GM Managing Director Mary Barra spoke to express his "deep disappointment" at closing. Trudeau met Barro several times when he took office. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Canada and the United States of America for the Development of Entrepreneurial and Business Leaders, a Council jointly developed by Trudeau and US President Donald Trumpe.
GM workers are part of the heart and soul of Oshawa for generations – and we will do our best to help the families affected by this news come back to their feet. Yesterday I talked @GMMary Barra expressed her deep disappointment in closing.
Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, a union representing workers at the plant, said the association would fight teeth and nails to bring another product to the race to keep their jobs.
"Unifor does not accept the end of the race as a premature conclusion," Dias said in his statement. "Oshawa is in this situation before there was no product on the horizon, and we were able to make a successful case for continuing operations, and we will fight vigorously to keep this well-paid car."
In addition to Oshawa, GM also plans to close its operations in Lordstown, Ohio, making the compact Chevrolet Cruze – the Detroit-Hamtramck plant where Chevrolet Volt, Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac CT6 are being manufactured, and two other transmission systems in the US.
While Operation Oshawa is a shell of former self after decades of cuts, Bains has admitted that closure will be "incredibly devastating" for the local community.
The deadlock reflects far beyond municipalities, as many other Canadian auto parts suppliers feed the plant in southern Ontario.
Bains said the government remains committed to supporting a larger automotive sector that employs 500,000 Canadians directly and indirectly. He said that companies in industry and technology could continue to use the Strategic Innovation Fund for State Aid.