Brian Kingston, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, which represents the interests of the Detroit Three automakers in Canada, is calling on the federal government to help end the dispute, but falling short of asking the unionized workers be legislated back to work.
“A work stoppage at B.C. ports will disrupt trade and hurt workers in the automotive industry on both sides of the border,” Kingston said in a statement. “The auto industry depends on the efficient delivery of parts and components with delays threatening the recovery of the North American auto sector.
“It is time for the federal government to strongly encourage the parties to reach a rapid solution.”
Flavio Volpe, head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, says the strike has potential to disrupt auto production in Ontario.
“It seems really far way from Southwestern Ontario and automotive, but a whole bunch of parts that come in from overseas, usually electronics goods that go in your cars will come from Asia, and come through those ports,” he told CBC Radio host Allison Devereaux on the July 3 episode of Afternoon Drive. “And then a lot of the old and tool makers in the area here [in Southwestern Ontario] rely on their raw materials to come in from specialised scale production in Asian through there and they send tools back out that way. A strike that goes on beyond a few days is a real concern down here [in Southwestern Ontario].”