Premier caught off guard by Chrysler announcement

Kathleen Wynne says future of Chrysler in Ontario is a question mark

Kathleen Wynne says she was 'surprised' and 'taken aback' when she learned Chrysler would pull its bid for $700,000 in taxpayer dollars.

The auto maker announced the decision Tuesday, underlining it didn't want to be part of a game of political football. Chrysler will be using it's own cash to refurbish two Ontario plants in Brampton and Windsor.

The premier says while it's good news Chrysler wants to stay in Ontario, there's no firm commitment for jobs after 2016.

Around 7,600 people work at both plants.

Wynne says the province has always planned to work with the auto sector, no matter what company.

She reveals part of the issue is that it's hard to have a successful negotiation in public. She wouldn't say what was on the table.

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  1. Frankie posted on 03/05/2014 01:06 PM
    What are the chances the journalists posting these articles can get their facts straight? It's $ 700 Million not $ 700,000. The journalistic quality of 1010 keeps deteriorating.

    Anyway, Wynne should be happy as it's $ 700 Million more her party can "steal" from us.
    1. DW posted on 03/07/2014 08:08 AM
      @Frankie RB dumped a lot of their old pros in the last five years in favour of all these "journalism" and "radio-broadcasting" majors from community colleges. Do they may have read a book on something other putting a cart in the machine??
  2. Brian posted on 03/05/2014 01:38 PM
    Good for them... Depending on how you read this... If the auto company is pulling out of the bid for 'free money' because they want to use there own money to do the refurbishments, then good on them, for not wanting to get into the crap politics we have here in Canada. IF they do the refurbishment, I don't think you'll see them pack up and leave in 2 years time...

    On the other hand, if they have pulled out of the 'free money' because they are going to stay the course for 2 years, then pull out of Canada, and are just using this as a smoke screen, then that isn't so good for Ontario, or Canada as a whole.
    1. Dean posted on 03/05/2014 02:53 PM
      @Brian As long as we have a left-wing tax-and-spend government in power in this province, more and more businesses are going to pack up and leave. So I won't be surprised at all when your second prediction comes true.
  3. Jack posted on 03/05/2014 02:38 PM
    Leave it to a Liberal to be OFFENDED when a way to throw away our tax dollars disappears. The sooner we can get this clown out of office and replaced with a strong Conservative majority, the better.

    The choice is clear: Hudak for Premier!
  4. don was right posted on 03/06/2014 12:53 PM
    right-to-work will seem heavenly to CAW and INFOR when Chrysler says you can work for $10.00 - 20.00 per hour less or see your job moving to Virginia or mexico. Ficken auto union droids wont be able to afford their KIAs then.
  5. DW posted on 03/07/2014 08:05 AM
    Maybe Tim Who-Dat and his companion Lisa MacLeod will be on hand for the ribbon-cutting of Chrysler in Mexico.

    Timmy does not get it means lost jobs at CN, CP, Linnamar, Magna, glass suppliers, truck forwarding companies .......................... I guess he count those in his million jobs

    How many votes are you good for in Brampton and Windsor Timmy? hahahaha
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