NDP calling on feds to oppose GM products not made in Canada
Published Monday, February 18, 2019 11:32AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 19, 2019 5:26PM EST
Retired General Motors auto workers are speaking out about the Oshawa Plant closure and what to do moving forward.
Unifor locals 444 and 200 hosted a press conference at the Windsor union hall on Turner Road on Monday.
Windsor-Essex NDP MPs Brian Masse, Tracey Ramsey and Cheryl Hardcastle were at the event, calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to oppose any GM products not made by Canadians.
The MPs addressed the issue that a procurement policy needs to be implemented, so that the federal government is required to buy all vehicles that are Canadian made.
According to the New Democrat MP’s, the federal government has spent close to $350-million over ten years on government vehicles. The members of parliament say that money should not be spent on vehicles made in Mexico or in other international countries.
"We're here because of corporate greed, we're here because we continue to see our jobs being dragged down south and it's out of our hands," said Essex MP Tracey Ramsey.
Windsor West MP Brian Masse also renewed his call for a national auto strategy.
"You've got my determination as well as Tracey and Cheryl to finally bring an auto policy, step one is a procurement,” said Masse.
GM announced in late November that it would wind down its Oshawa operations by the end of 2019 at a loss of about 2,600 unionized workers and 340 other staff.