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2014-03-24 at 14:28

More Cancon?

NDP Labour Critic Taras Natyshak visited the city
Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com
NDP Labour Critic Taras Natyshak visited the city's Bombardier plant Monday morning.
By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com

Ontario's NDP is calling on the Liberal government to include more Canadian content requirements on provincially-funded transit projects.

NDP Labour Critic Taras Natyshak visited the city's Bombardier plant Monday morning where he said the province should prioritize home-based, homegrown jobs.

"When I travel the province in communities like Thunder Bay or even in my community of Windsor, when I talk to people in our regions who are involved in the manufacturing process, they want to know if there is a dollar to be spent through the provincial coffers, it goes to supporting domestic production and goes to supporting good jobs in our communities," he said.

Earlier this month, MPP Bill Mauro (Lib., Thunder Bay-Atikokan) introduced a private member's bill that if passed would see municipalities require 60 per cent of the cost of transit purchases be made in Ontario as well as have final assembly be done in Ontario.

It's Mauro second attempt at increasing provincial content in transit buys. Under former premier Dalton McGuinty, Mauro introduced similar legislation, but the content requirement was reduced to 25 per cent.

Natyshak is accusing Mauro of electioneering, saying the private member's bill comes too late to influence the government.

"It doesn't really bode well for the government's seriousness in terms of taking this policy and running with it," he said.

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Mauro said he introduced the bill because it's important for the community and the Liberals have created 1,200 new jobs at the local Bombardier plant as the result of their investments in mass transit.

"I am simply trying to build on that," he said in a telephone interview Monday.

"On this particular issue, somebody needs to ask the NDP why didn't they introduce their own private member’s bills or their own legislation trying to make this happen instead of just getting away with these ridiculous comments," said Mauro.

The Buy in Canada for Mass Transit Vehicles Act will be voted on this Thursday.

Unifor Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino said raising the Ontario content requirement is a necessity.

The plant has been building bilevel cars for 30 years and initially most of the vehicles were built at the facility.

"Now it's being chiseled away," said Pasqualino, noting the wiring harnesses are built in Mexico and the air conditioning units are built in China.

The doors are also outsourced outside of Canada.

"I don't care what government comes up, but somebody needs to stop it," said Pasqualino.

"These are good jobs. I think we need to keep the quality and keep the people here in Thunder Bay working with Ontario taxpayer dollars.

The NDP have introduced Cancon legislation in 2006 and 2008. Both of those were voted down. 

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pc says:
In my opinion it is a good initiative.
But I am also living on a budget and I buy things that are the best price. The people with the contract are going to do the same.
With the price of energy in Ont. we are going to keep losing the manufacturing companies so where do the contractors go in Ontario?
They will have to go out of the province.
Until the gov. gets energy costs down all this buy Ontario is just posturing and sound bites for an election that may be here sooner than they want but not soon enough for tax payers.
3/25/2014 6:44:55 AM
lori says:
I am going by the story so I feel free to correct me if I have the timelines incorrect.

Mauro introduces legislation to deal with Canadian Content. He asks for an amount not included in the story but it is reduced to 25. The story suggests he asked for this protection before others did.

It then suggests the NDP went to deal with the issue and it was voted down. The story does not say what they wanted to do specifically. Now Mauro is again trying to push this issue forward and the NDP are saying that it needs to get done. They call it electioneering but when they did it, what did they call it. You want this, then tell your MPP's to vote for it. Between the liberals and NDP there are enough votes for it to pass.

As for this union guy who spouts the typical stuff. How about a thank you. To Mauro and even to the NDP guy for continuing to raise the issue instead of just screaming at everyone in typical union style. You are not entitled but you are free to support good initiatives.
3/24/2014 4:13:01 PM
tsb says:
Bill Mauro was always on the NDPs side, and not the Liberal's side, on this issue. The NDP wanted no less than 50% cancon, while the Liberals wanted 0%. Mauro wanted 50% but only managed to get McGuinty to compromise on 25% and draft a law but I don't think it ever got passed.

I am pretty sure the NDP government had a cancon policy in the early 1990s and the Harris government got rid of it. Like many changes that Harris government made that hurt Ontario, the Liberals have done nothing to fix that mistake. It's been over a decade and they've been content to just continue with Harris's PC legacy.
3/24/2014 6:05:37 PM
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