Jan 14, 2019
By Jane Brown
Ontario’s Premier is heading to Detroit Monday to visit the auto show, where he will meet with executives from General Motors and several other automakers.
Ford spokesperson Ivana Yelich says the premier will not try to push GM to reconsider shuttering its plant in Oshawa at year’s end.
She says the company has made it “abundantly clear that the decision is final,” so Ford will instead discuss opportunities to support the workers who will be out of a job once the facility closes down.
GM announced in December operations would be shut down at the plant by the end of 2019, leaving around 2600 unionized workers without a job.
There is also an unconfirmed report the premier will meet today with the their union president, Jerry Dias of Unifor.
Dias has been outspoken in his opposition to Doug Ford, saying in December that “if he’s not prepared to fight he should just be quiet and get out of the way” when it comes to GM.