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Mayor of Oshawa, Ont., Hopes that the report on GM closure is “just a rumor”

OSHAWA, Ont. &#821 1; Reports of the ongoing closure of a General Motors Canada plant in Oshawa, Ont. Hopefully, "just…

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1; Reports of the ongoing closure of a General Motors Canada plant in Oshawa, Ont. Hopefully, “just a reputation,” said the Mayor of East Toronto, Sunday.

CTV News reported on Sunday evening that General Motors Canada plans to shut down its Oshawa Assembly Plant, which affects thousands of jobs in the city about 170,000.

A spokesman for the company said Sunday that GM had “no news or comments tonight” and would not comment on speculation.

Oshawa Mayor John Henry said Sunday night that he had not spoken to anyone from GM and he first heard of the reported closure from a CTV reporter who called him a comment earlier in the day.

“Hopefully, it’s just a rumor,” Henry said in a telephone interview, adding that the closure would have ripple effects in addition to Oshawa.

“It will affect the province, it will affect the region … The automotive industry has been a major part of the province of Ontario for over 100 years.”

Federal and regional politicians also weighed into the CTV report, which expressed worries about the thousands of high paying jobs at the Oshawa factory – as well as the possible release effect that a closure might have.

Jennifer French, representing Oshawa in the provincial legislature, said she finds the report “seriously about.”

“If GM Canada really returns to 100 years of industry and society – abandon workers and families in Oshawa – then this is a cold decision that must be combated,” she said in a statement. “

” GM did not build # Oshawa. Oshawa built GM, “French is put in a tweet.”

Conservative MP Colin Carrie, who according to his website spent his summers as a youth working at the Oshawa factory, called the reports “very touching” and promised to “look further into the situation . “

According to GM’s website, Oshawa Assembly Plant employs 2522 employees with Unifor Local 222. Production began on November 7, 1953 and in the 1980s, the plant used approximately 23,000 people.

Uniform National President Jerry Dias said in April that The Oshawa complex was led to close in June this year. However, he noted the former CEO of GM Canada, Steve Carlisle, determined that it would not shut down.

Carlisle moved that month to lead Cadillac, the global the automaker’s luxury education as part of a management rotation. 19659004] At the transfer, Dias said that Carlisle’s appointment to Chief Cadillac would increase his profile and influence within GM’s headquarters in Detroit, and that “would be a great benefit to us.”

The Oshawa operation became a Donald Trump speaking point during the Canada-US trade negotiations, according to a Toronto Star report on an off-record paper during an interview with Bloomb very news in the summer.

“Every time we have trouble with a point, I just upload a picture of a Chevrolet Impala,” the US President was told. Impala is built at the GM plant in Oshawa.

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