As part of a broader global restructuring, General Motors is closing its Oshawa, Ontario plant putting nearly 3,000 people in the community of 150,000 on the unemployment line.
“GM workers have been part of the heart and soul of Oshawa for generations - and we’ll do everything we can to help the families affected by this news get back on their feet. Yesterday, I spoke with @GM’s Mary Barra to express my deep disappointment in the closure.”
This is news that hits pretty close to home for Albertans.
Albertans know what nuking several thousand jobs in a small geographic area can do to a community. These sort of job losses can crater everything from the housing market to the local grocery store to the municipal tax base required to keep roads from falling apart.
And families become consumed with anxiety and grief.
Today, I’ll give you the breakdown of how just four cancelled or stalled pipelines have resulted in the loss of over 25,000 direct construction jobs in the oil and gas sector.
That's over nine GM plants worth of lost employment. That's a national crisis.
None of this has ever been enough to get Trudeau's attention or heartfelt concern.
Each one of those pipeline jobs is equally as important as every single job at the GM plant. And, just like at GM, each layoff notice represents another Canadian family without work as we approach Christmas.
Now that the bad economy is on the Liberals’ Ontario doorstep, maybe they’ll start to care about blue collar jobs all across this country - from frackers in Fort St. John B.C., to those on the assembly line in Orangeville, Ontario to refinery workers in St John, New Brunswick.
But I'm not holding my breath.