We’ve all heard the news about General Motors' plan to shut down its Oshawa factory next year, laying off 2,800 people.
But PM Justin Trudeau? He's got much more exciting things to think about — he’s about to fly to Argentina, people! There’s going to be some great photo ops there.
I’m obviously sympathetic to those families in Oshawa. And I’m obviously skeptical of GM — like Bombardier, they were happy to take massive cash bail-outs from Canadian taxpayers — and then shut down factories here, to move to cheaper jurisdictions. I blame Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne for making Canada so uncompetitive in the first place; but at the end of the day, GM took the cash.
Jerry Dias, the president of the auto workers union called Unifor, has promised he will, “use every tool possible to show GM it will not betray Canadians, again.”
But could you imagine if that factory in Oshawa, and Chrysler’s factory in Brampton, had been the target of a ten-year propaganda campaign to shut them down?
Because that is exactly what has been done to Alberta’s oil industry for a decade — by Unifor.
Imagine the rage and the sorrow and the feeling of betrayal of those 2,800 laid off families.
Well, now multiply it by 40. Because there are at least 100,000 oil and gas families still unemployed in Alberta.
TONIGHT I'll review all the smear campaigns Unifor spearheaded against Canadian pipelines, even when these pipelines were approved as safe. Even though tens of thousands of jobs depended on them.
It’s a sign of how broken Canada is, that not just union bosses, but the media, and the courts, and political leaders, and “civil society” including charities, take it for granted that it’s OK to attack oil and gas jobs, and to campaign and sue and protest them into submission.
But God forbid a car company wants to move away from Trudeau’s uncompetitive tax regime — well, it’s a national crisis, and Trudeau had better come with a bail-out...
NEXT: William Kay joins me to talk about his new book, The Green Swastika, which chronicles "the early years of the German environmentalist movement and the ecological views and efforts of leading Nazis."
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