CBC | Bombardier to lay off hundreds of workers at Thunder Bay, Ont., plant

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Published: 10Jul2019

Bombardier plans to cut several hundred jobs at its Thunder Bay, Ont., facility, according to federal and provincial government sources. 

Ontario Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney said the provincial government has spoken to Bombardier executives "to express our disappointment that their company has taken this step." Bombardier is one of the biggest train and airplane manufacturers in the world. It is headquartered in Montreal, but has facilities around the globe.

The president of Thunder Bay Unifor Local 1075, partly blames the plant's lack of new contracts on U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which has backed "buy America"-like clauses that prioritize work done in the U.S. 

That makes things tougher for Canadian plants, said Karl Moore, a professor of business strategy at McGill University in Montreal. If Bombardier wants to save Canadian jobs, it needs "to have orders from companies in Canada or elsewhere, but not the U.S.," Moore said. 

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