GM Petitioned to Invest in Oshawa Assembly

Local MPs and MPPs have responded to a petition asking General Motors to invest in manufacturing jobs at the dwindling Oshawa Assembly facility. 

The petition has begun to circulate on popular social media sites, asking people to bombard local Members of Parliament, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne with emails.

“Both the federal government and the provincial government have shown their commitment to GM’s Oshawa plant. Both levels of senior government committed almost $14 billion in 2009 to help stabilize the auto sector,” Northumberland-Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd told Northumberland Today.

“We certainly hope GM as a private enterprise will determine how important the Oshawa plant is in their strategic future, as we celebrate the recent announcement of almost 1,000 engineering jobs to be located in Durham region by General Motors.”

The petition speaks in dire terms:

“Productive jobs with decent pay are crucial for the well being of our communities. The end of vehicle production at GM Oshawa would lead in just two years to the loss of 33,000 total jobs; the loss of $5.7 billion to Ontario’s economy; and the loss of $1 billion in government revenue.

“GM survived the economic crisis because of the $10.8 billion in support from the citizens of Ontario and Canada. GM workers and retirees were forced to accept concessions during the financial crisis, and they have not had any increases in the 7 years since then. GM Oshawa workers have continued to meet the highest standards of quality, cost and productivity of all North American auto plants.

“GM has now returned to profitability, earning more than $34 billion (US) in the past 5 years, and is handsomely rewarding their executives. GM is investing billions of dollars in Mexico and China, but has refused to commit to investing in manufacturing jobs in Oshawa.”

Just last month Oshawa city council passed a motion calling for GM to bring EV production to Oshawa and for Mary Barra to come meet with officials, employees and local politicians.

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