Judith Monteith‑Farrell MPP, Thunder Bay–Atikokan

Government of Ontario

NDP demands Ford stop sending Thunder Bay jobs overseas

Published on February 28, 2022

QUEEN’S PARK and THUNDER BAY  — Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and NDP MPP Judith Monteith-Farrell (Thunder Bay-Atikokan) are calling on Doug Ford to stop jeopardizing jobs at Alstom — Horwath wants rail car contacts for the Ontario Line to go to Ontario manufacturing, and Ford wants them to be built overseas.

“Doug Ford is putting good jobs and the future of Alstom in jeopardy. He is telling workers that this government doesn’t need or want their subway trains, that he can get them in other countries. This is a betrayal of the workers of Alstom and he needs to reverse course now and invest in subway trains built at the Alstom plant in Thunder Bay,” said Horwath.

The Ford government secretly reduced Canadian content requirements for the Ontario Line subway project from 25 per cent to just 10 per cent. The UNIFOR local president in Thunder Bay, Dominic Pasqualino, said this is terrible news for Alstom workers. “Lowering that Canadian content to 10 per cent just blows us out of the water,” said Pasqualino.
 
“Workers and their families deserve to know that their government has their back.  They shouldn’t have to be worried about the future of their plant when they build the transit vehicles that Ontario desperately needs. We are calling on Doug Ford to scrap his plan to reduce Canadian content for subway trains that we build right here in Thunder Bay,” said Monteith-Farrell.

Horwath asked about the Ontario Line’s Canadian content rule during question period Monday, but the Ford government would only respond by talking about other components of the Ontario Line.