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[LINK] “Trump’s tough talk good news, says Canadian auto union”

The Toronto Star‘s Lisa Wright reports on the surprisingly positive reaction of Canadian auto union president Jerry Dias to Trump’s protectionist statements. I can only hope that he is trying to put a good spin on bad news: Why would Trump necessarily distinguish between Canada and Mexico, after all?

It probably bodes well for Canadian auto workers that U.S. president-elect Donald Trump is leaning on Ford and General Motors to keep auto production at home, says Unifor national president Jerry Dias.

“Trump, as crazy as he is, is showing governments can play a role” in helping to strengthen the auto sector to save or even create jobs, said Dias, whose union represents 23,000 Canadian employees of GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

He said Ottawa should also “stick its nose” in the auto business after Ford Motor Co. aborted plans this week to build a $1.6-billion (U.S.) small-car factory in Mexico that Trump had criticized, with the automaker announcing instead it would invest further in Michigan.

The surprise move Tuesday was announced just hours after Trump hammered General Motors Co. on Twitter for building its Chevy Cruze hatchback in Mexico and threatening a “big border tax” on the company for importing those vehicles into the U.S.

“I’m thrilled about Ford’s investment in Michigan instead of Mexico and creating 700 jobs,” said Dias, noting Trump’s persistent interventionist campaign with U.S. corporations is clearly making an impact.

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Written by Randy McDonald

January 5, 2017 at 5:30 pm

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