Head of Unifor says GM has declared a war on Canada
The head of Unifor says General Motors has declared "war on Canada" by ramping up production of its Equinox SUV in Mexico to do more work currently done in Ontario.
Unifor's national president Jerry Dias says from Washington, D.C., that the Detroit-based automaker's threat during labour negotiations on Wednesday is to a "slap in the face" to Canada and the United States.
The union leader's comments come as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau begins an official visit to Mexico and NAFTA trade negotiations continue in Washington, D.C.
Unifor Local 88 is in its fourth week of a strike at the GM's assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., one of three factories that make the Equinox sports utility vehicle.
The Equinox has been the CAMI assembly plant's only vehicle since General Motors moved production of the Terrain SUV to Mexico earlier this year.
Dias says GM's movement of work from the CAMI plant to Mexico is an example of what's wrong with the North American Free Trade Agreement, currently being renegotiated.
If your IceDogs glass is half full, you're smiling about your team taking over first place in the OHL's Central Division. If your IceDogs glass is half empty, you're down after a 1-0 late overtime loss to visiting Ottawa.
First star Oliver Castleman scored a goal and added three assists as the IceDogs topped the Mississauga Steelheads 6-3 at the Meridian Centre. On a night of firsts, Philip Tomasino scored his first in the OHL and Elijah Roberts netted his first in a Niagara uniform.
IceDogs first year forward Philip Tomasino has been selected to represent Canada at the World Under 17 Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John B.C. A total of 66 CHL players will be divided into three teams wearing Canada's colours from November 5-11.