By on October 29, 2008
CTV News reports that Ontario’s ailing automobile sector is becoming another casualty of the U.S. credit crisis. Despite a Canadian dollar that’s free-fallen to $0.77, U.S. carmakers’ cash flow problems are taking their toll. Thanks to the tightening credit noose, these corporate customers can no longer finance the cost of buying Canadian parts at the volume to which the suppliers have grown accustomed. Jayson Myers, the head of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, says several Canadian companies dependent on exports to the U.S. automakers are in danger of going Tango Uniform. Canadian Minister of Industry Jim Prentice agrees, noting in typical political non-committal language that “What we have heard from the auto parts folks over the last several days relates to liquidity issues.” Myers, along with Ontario’s government, are now calling for the federal government to step in. They want federal loans guarantees for American/Canadian automakers. Like any good working girl, Myers doesn’t waste time naming his price. An immediate, short-term loan of $1b for Canadian parts makers. As a patriotic Canadian, I look forward to the day when my tax money is used to prop-up poor Frank Stronach’s crumbling empire.
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9 Comments on “Bailout Watch 130: Oh Canada!...”


  • avatar
    Paul Niedermeyer

    “Despite a Canadian dollar that’s free-fallen to $0.77″

    Looks to me like the Canadian dollar is still worth $1.294 US dollars – hardly a free-fall. Up some 30% YTD.

  • avatar
    Emro

    ^^^ Paul how is the CDN dollar still worth $1.294US?

    according to:
    http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi
    1.00 CAD = 0.813108 USD

    which, granted, is up compared to last weeks low of 76 cents… but still way down compared to running at or near par earlier this year

  • avatar
    menno

    Paul, your statement vs. Samir’s depends upon which side of the border you live on.

  • avatar
    Samir

    Paul… not so:
    http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=1+cad+in+usd&meta=

  • avatar
    92golf

    “Looks to me like the Canadian dollar is still worth $1.294 US dollars – hardly a free-fall. Up some 30% YTD.”

    Sorry Paul, it’s the other way around. In US currency one Canadian dollar is now worth only 77 cents US. It was up to one Canadian dollar being worth $1.10 US briefly earlier this year but has since fallen back.
    This falling Canadian dollar does great things for the bottom line for Canadian exporters who are often paid in US dollars. Unfortunately the financial crisis has made these parts makers unable to finance their operations leaving them in a bind.

    If there’s one thing Canadians follow closely (besides the weather) it’s how the Canadian dollar is valued compared to the US dollar.

    Cheers
    Simon

  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

    I’ve spoken to some that have met/worked/dealt with Stonach, and they say he is the most ignorant, arrogant man alive, totally out of touch with reality, and that if it weren’t for his partners who carry out the grunt work of upper management, Magna would have collapsed decades ago.

  • avatar
    Paul Niedermeyer

    Oops; my bad. Sorry, Samir. Man, that was quick (change in relative value)!! I was so used to seeing the C$ ratio inverted, that I misread the chart! Good thing I’m not in the markets.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Well, that’s quite the statement from Mr. Prentice, considering how, pre-election, he and finance minister Jim Flaherty were absolutely certain that Ontario’s problems were all due to corporate tax rates, and the solution was to cut, cut, cut, never mind the free-fall of the automotive industry, the credit market and the rising dollar. Nope, it’s all the provincial government’s fault for tax rates.

    I wonder if the change in heart has to do with the less-than-stellar election numbers in Ontario, and the Federal Conservatives’ inability to crack much of the province, largely due to said Conservative party’s relative indifference to the economy?

    For reference, the Federal and Ontario governments are, currently, two different and not at all friendly political parties, and, in the interests of disclosure, I didn’t vote for either.

  • avatar
    crackers

    Canada is in an even worse position that the US. Since the D3 are headquartered in the US, TTAC editorials aside, any bailout could come with a lot of strings that may address some of the root problems. Canada could only throw money at the problem. We will not be in any position to influence the final outcome.


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