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2012-05-25 at NOON

Premier brings $200M message to Bombardier plant during local visit

By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com
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More work is rolling into the local Bombardier plant after a stop in Thunder Bay by the Premier.

Dalton McGuinty arrived to the city Friday morning to announce a nearly $200 million contract with the plant to build 60 GO Train cars and more than 100 jobs. McGuinty said in 2003 that the plant had about 250 employees. Now it has 1,300 with more jobs on the way.

It is part of the $6 billion Liberal investment to create a two-way, all-day GO Train system.

“When you go to bed at night and the house is quiet and your head is on the pillow and you’re alone with your thoughts,” McGuinty told workers on the Bombardier floor. “I hope you have a tremendous amount of satisfaction that comes from knowing you’re making a difference.”

CAW Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino said the announcement is great news for the plant.

The car will be a new design that has a different frame, is more energy efficient and has LED lighting as well as being safer. He expects the plant, which will start production on the cars next year, will see significant new investments.

“It’s a significant change in the structure of the car,” he said. “They are going to be spending a lot of money to get this car right”

After the announcement, McGuinty was asked how he could justify the expense while facing a massive deficit and making cuts to places like the Ministry of Natural Resources.

“First of all we’re not making cuts,” he said. “What we’re doing is finding ways to introduce more efficiencies.”

Natural resources minister said they want to find ways to better serve the public but how that’s done is yet to be determined.

“The truth is many of the decisions have not been made,” he said.

On the Ring of Fire, McGuinty said he wasn’t meeting with any First Nations representatives while in Thunder Bay but he did stress the fact that all parties, including the federal government, need to work together.

McGuinty met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday to discuss transmission lines, roads and other infrastructure needs for the project.

The Premier said he wants to see the federal government step in to help develop the Ring of Fire similar to its role in developing the oil industry in the west.

“I can’t do that alone,” McGuinty said.  “The three of us, that would be unbeatable.”


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metisman says:
Sounds like hush money to me. Its their way to stop people from beating them up over the Ring of Fire announcement and for bill and mike to save face...
5/25/2012 12:31:50 PM
sky high says:
Negative as usual. You should be on your knees thanking him for improving the Thunder Bay economy
5/25/2012 9:13:05 PM
yer joking says:
Ahhhh! Those are such warm and fuzzy words. How could anybody not like Dalton a whole lot ans all of the other Liberals too. How does one become a Liberal supporter?
5/25/2012 12:40:35 PM
panzerIV says:
Good for the local workers. That should help with the delay that was caused by the Transit city screw up (Rod Ford).

It's likely that this is just the first announcement of more. In the election he was talking about needing more then 300 to keep the service running good.

Congrats to the workers and Tbay
5/25/2012 12:52:36 PM
JIMMY2 says:
this has to be the greatest news i have heard in a long time, great for thunder bay, hopefully it stays and hopefully the management can get a hold of things for themselves before they go ahead with this.
5/25/2012 1:16:32 PM
Big Joe Mufferaw says:
It's hard to argue with that...sure glad Dalton came to town!
5/25/2012 1:44:58 PM
unknowncronic says:
Curious when the VIA & or a GO TRAIN will come this far north, if ever again?
5/25/2012 1:56:27 PM
lori says:
ho hum, just another two hundred million shot in the arm for T.Bay. It does get boring the money that keeps coming here when we get so much from everyone else

there was..................

and then there was....................


This just in, Timmie and Andrea care about the north cause they came for a debate before the last election.

Dalton, he doesn't care about the north. He just gives us jobs and money, not lip service.

Have at er critics. Tell us again how little this government does for our city.
5/25/2012 2:55:54 PM
nvjgu says:
200 million whats that 20 car's. 4 day build thats 3 months work," maybe. Better than not haveing 20 cars I guess.
5/25/2012 3:04:32 PM
panzerIV says:
Its 60 cars. By your calculations its 9 months of work.
5/25/2012 3:18:08 PM
Glyder says:
Do you ever read over what you type, before you hit the post comment button, and wonder, maybe that was a stupid thing to say?

Seriously, READ THE ARTICLE! 60 - SIXTY - cars. Is reading comprehension for you that much of a problem?

And, even if it was 20, what that's not enough for you? What would be enough for you? They didn't HAVE to give TBay the contract, remember that.
5/25/2012 3:32:54 PM
wayne says:
great news!

however...lol “First of all we’re not making cuts,” he said. “What we’re doing is finding ways to introduce more efficiencies.”

Ummmmm, 'cuts' are 'efficiencies'
5/25/2012 3:12:57 PM
wayne says:
Dalton looks like he is at karaoke night singing Stealers Wheel's 'Stuck in the middle with you'

"Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right" [as he points to Gravelle]
5/25/2012 3:20:45 PM
p.o.ed taxpayer says:
Good news is Good news!!! great for the workers and great for the local economy.
5/25/2012 4:29:54 PM
Arch Stanton says:
Quote: “When you go to bed at night and the house is quiet and your head is on the pillow and you’re alone with your thoughts,” McGuinty told workers on the Bombardier floor....

'You'll know all your family, friends and neighbours have already left town to work elsewhere!'
5/25/2012 5:18:39 PM
The Beaver..... says:
Now if Dalton only had the Money to pay for all the rhetoric he spews.He is broke Lori like in no MONEY don't you ever get that.And guess what because of him You and I are are almost broke as well.He is talking Transmission Lines to the North is he saying Windmill wont do the trick.
5/25/2012 5:47:07 PM
corvette says:
Great to see the work come to Thunder Bay! The best thing is these cars are an updated design that will keep up with future crash design requirements.I am glad that they are made in Canada.
5/25/2012 7:23:58 PM
TBayWorker says:
Now that GO has purchased a new design of Cab cars every other Transit Authority that have purchased cars will want the new design that has the most up to date features and safety design. This is a HUGE announcement for the plant.
5/25/2012 9:41:55 PM
anvil of crom says:
gaud, good news and the debbie and don downers start there anti everything rants on this site.
This is work that puts money in pockets here in tbay and food on tables, all while putting rail cars in toronto a contrat that could be done elsewhere .
bombardier is a world class builder.
ring of fire?? uhhh what on earth does this have to do with that brainiac?
Idea! if someone does do-do in your cornflakes deb and don choose not to eat them.
5/25/2012 9:53:33 PM
tsb says:
How DARE the government spend our tax dollars in our community. Down with the Liberals.
5/25/2012 9:55:20 PM
greendreamer says:
good one wayne....jokers and clowns...
not a Liberal supporter, but this is a good announcement
5/25/2012 10:04:01 PM
wayne says:
In terms of the ROF development, the FN's said they don't want it, and even one Chief said he would die to prevent it from moving forward. Respect their right to choose not to become prosperous, self-sustaining and live in their traditional ways without transmission lines, roads and other infrastructure.
5/26/2012 12:07:09 AM
crazyforweed says:
to nvjgu
That contract is actually 3 years of work , as they need to shut down one part of the bi-level section JUST to re-tool that part so they can go ahead and build these new GO TRAINS , and let alone there will be (hopefully) more contracts to come as the last they we're rewarded for the T.O ROCKET and Bilevels they haven't even pumped out that amount that was given.. so clearly shows you know nothing of what you talk about ..
5/26/2012 10:52:40 AM
unheard says:
Not trying to be negative
but these are dead end jobs
more slave labour work
very sad how you people have become so dependent of the government
need them to provide you with a job very sad

5/26/2012 12:24:27 PM
Tom Sanderson says:
Dead end jobs. How do you figure when Bombardier has been building GO Transit cars for 30 plus years. Do you know that Bombardier has built rail transit and subway cars for some American cities too? Do you know that there are hundreds of place to make a buck in Thunder Bay?
Very sad how you don't educate yourself before making a comment about something you know nothing about.
Not trying to be negative but you should take a course on writing. Anyone with grade two education know that a capital letters to start a sentence and a period to end them. You'll figure it out Sunshine. Enjoy the weekend :)
5/26/2012 9:12:11 PM
panzerIV says:
Its not all government based contracts. There are private companies who run bus/rail service in the world. In North America these types of services are still majority government provided but as gas goes higher and people look to other modes it might be more efficient for private companies to run a competing system.

It's not slave labour because we have laws in Canada that prevent it from being such. If this was China or another developing country then it likely would be slave labour; like the guys making your iphones.

They aren't dependent on the government it just so happens they are the biggest purchasers.
5/27/2012 3:48:17 AM
p.o.ed taxpayer says:
To unheard says:
Not trying to be negative but these are dead end jobs???? government job?...surely you jest!! Wonder how the world would survive without these so called dead end jobs...you must be a super hero....
5/26/2012 3:05:16 PM
unheard says:
no jesting after 10 yrs and no more cars are needed what will these people do... cry to the government to "make" jobs for them because they have learnt nothing practical from their experience there, was not implying to be giving a government job was saying people depending on the government to "create work" is sad
5/26/2012 5:24:50 PM
Tom Sanderson says:
"What will, and what if", can go on till the end of time.
So what is it that you are trolling for my friend? :)
5/27/2012 9:22:06 PM
SomeGuy says:
More and more people are going to rely on light rail for transportation in the future as oil prices climb higher. The people who are on the cusp of being able to afford their car's will have to turn to alternative transportation to get to work.

A lot of people who are going from the suburbs to the city core of metro areas will turn to trains.

Your also going to see growth in the number of people who take the train from city to city in a region.

Bombardier is a world leader in light rail manufacturing and it's a really good thing that this is in our backyard.

This kind of investment in our infrastructure is good government spending.
5/27/2012 8:38:01 AM
p.o.ed taxpayer says:
I guess I must be missing your point...If in ten years no more cars are needed then I guess Bombardier will have to adapt to the current situation...Our taxes are paid to the govt. to ensure our infrastructure needs are met, as well as doing its part to protect our industries in a global economy...would we be better served if these cars were made in another country? And when all of these so called dead end jobs are gone, where will people work..at the hospital(only so many jobs there) or a fast food outlet? Or would everyone become self employed and try selling their services or products to the now unemployed or under employed people...the economy needs these jobs and while there are many things to gripe about with this Provincial Government this isn't the one.
5/27/2012 9:29:38 AM
The Wolf says:
Only our town idiots will find a way to be negative on a story like this.
5/27/2012 11:47:17 AM
wayne says:
Why is it that some posters on here insist on proper use of punctuation and capital letters? Especially when they don't follow proper paragraph structure nor proper use of plural versus singular rules? And they ask a question and do not end the sentence with a question mark.

I'm sure they will figure out that this forum is not about writing skills. Who cares if they don't start a sentence with a capital letter and end it without a punctuation mark?

5/28/2012 2:00:50 AM
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