The federal and Ontario governments have resorted to finger-pointing in a high-stakes dispute over funding for the $5-billion Stellantis-LG Energy Solution battery cell plant in Windsor, Ont.
The two companies ceased some construction of its planned electric-vehicle battery factory in Windsor May 15 as they sparred with the Ottawa over financial assistance.
“As of today, the Canadian Government has not delivered on what was agreed to therefore Stellantis and LG Energy Solution will begin implementing their contingency plans. Effective immediately, all construction related to the battery module production on the Windsor site has stopped,” Stellantis said in a statement.
Federal Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne turned to Twitter May 15, urging the province to “pay its fair share.”
“We’ve always said we will be competitive with the U.S. when it comes to the auto sector,” he said. “But we need to work together at all levels of government. “