Keep Good Jobs in Canada
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We the undersigned, call upon our government officials to secure the production of the Equinox and stop GM from shipping value added jobs to Mexico.
The Government of Canada needs to take a bold stance and protect the livelihood of the hardworking men and women of Southwestern Ontario. This region's manufacturing sector has been hit hard for years. We have had enough.
We should never forget that as taxpayers we bailed out GM during the recession. GM received $10.8 billion with an 11.7% equity stake for the federal and Ontario governments (the initial loans and repayments were split by the two governments two-thirds and one-third respectively). Over the years, the two governments received $8 billion via stock sales, repayments and interest, which left taxpayers with a $2.8-billion loss.
In 2015, James Moore, the former Industry Minister said "I think Canadian taxpayers have been very generous to GM and I think some reciprocity certainly is in order...we expect GM to show their loyalty to Canada."
We call upon the Government to send a strong message to GM by pledging to slap a tariff on all GM products exported to Canada equivalent to how much they would save on cheap labour in Mexico if they don't provide job security to CAMI workers.
GM CAMI workers have built the Chevrolet Equinox since 2005. GM invested $560 million in 2015 in a new weld shop at CAMI. Still, the plant lost production of the Terrain vehicle to a plant in Mexico in July 2017, forcing more than 400 layoffs. The workers have been on mandatory overtime six days a week for more than seven years, and have consistently won top quality, productivity and efficiency awards with that pace. Note that the CAMI plant makes over $2.0 billion per year.
Recent census household survey indicates that London has the 3rd highest child poverty rate in Canada. We cannot afford further job losses in the region. We know that poverty, regardless of the level, is robustly linked to reduced academic achievement. Students who live in poverty come to school every day without the proper tools for success. As a result, they are commonly behind their classmates physically, socially, emotionally or cognitively.
We also know that for every auto job lost, the surrounding community loses seven. There are over 10,000 jobs on the line if CAMI decides to move production of the Equinox to Mexico.
The auto sector in Canada has lost about 45,000 jobs over 15 years, according to Statistics Canada. From 2010 to 2015, the investment in vehicles in Mexico is five times the investment here.
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