Unifor President Jerry Dias says he's "quite optimistic that we're going to be maintaining some sort of a footprint in Oshawa." The union is so hopeful that it has postponed an aggressive multi-media campaign to persuade the automaker to reverse its November decision to close the facility.
A hearing scheduled for Tuesday before the House of Commons industry committee was abruptly cancelled a day earlier due to what GM of Canada corporate affairs vice-president David Paterson called "multiple conflicts." Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that he spoke with GM CEO Mary Barra on Monday.
New trade deals in Asia and Europe, and $1.1 billion of government money over six years to aid expansion, are measures intended to jolt Canadian businesses, including automotive companies, into realizing they need to think globally.