Tracey Stands Up for Unifor Local 88, GM CAMI Ingersoll
September 20th, 2017 - 3:45am
Ms. Tracey Ramsey (Essex, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, today I rise to present an online petition calling on the Government of Canada to secure future production levels at Unifor local 88, GM CAMI Ingersoll, where today workers are on strike over this very issue. The petition points out that GM announced in January 2017 that 625 workers would be laid off because of the current-model Chevrolet Equinox production ending one year earlier than previously stated. It also states that for every auto job lost the surrounding community loses seven jobs, negatively affecting 4,375 jobs; and that Canada has seen zero new auto factories over the last five years while Mexico has had nine new facilities.
The signers of the petition demand that GM reverse its decision to build the next-generation GMC Terrain in Mexico and bring that production back to GM CAMI Ingersoll, maintaining production and staffing levels at 2016 numbers.
The petitioners also request that the government engage stakeholders to develop an effective national auto strategy, including the integration of federal and provincial investment attraction, ensuring Canada's investment incentives are competitive and efficient, and reversing automotive trade deficit with all countries, including Mexico.