Oshawa GM Plant Worries Increase; City Demands EV Production and Meeting With CEO

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
oshawa gm plant worries increase city demands ev production and meeting with ceo

Last week’s General Motors announcement in Oshawa, Ontario felt like an olive branch being extended to the worried community, but workers and the city itself are now asking for the full meal.

The threatened Oshawa Car Assembly plant has Oshawa Express, said “(GM’s) presentation actually caused me great concern.” She called on the city to send a message to the automaker.

“Don’t count us out just because a new economy means a different kind of car,” said Diamond.

Council ultimately passed a motion calling on GM to bring electric vehicle production to the Oshawa plant, and for Barra to come meet with them, the workers, and certain political leaders. GM’s Chevrolet Volt and upcoming 2017 Bolt are both produced in Michigan, so any new electric product would likely come with a lengthy wait.

Unifor president Jerry Dias, who was cautiously optimistic in the wake of last week’s announcement, tried to calm fears.

“We lost the Camaro, the truck plant closed several years ago, so people have the right to be nervous, but we are absolutely determined that we are going to find a solution,” Dias told Metroland Media.

The Oshawa plant began producing Chevrolets in 1907, a decade before the company became part of GM.

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  • Clem151 Clem151 on Jun 17, 2016

    People seem to forget that Canada gave GM a bunch of money during the bankruptcy. You would think GM would keep at least one plant open in Canada.

  • Pig_Iron Pig_Iron on Jun 18, 2016

    There will be no Oshawa. There will be no EV engineering center - if there is, it will be in a former storage locker at CAMI. Canada is a dead burden market to GM. It is not worth their precious resources. If they don't give a damn about Flint, why would they care about a backwater like Oshawa? Besides, it's hard to pronounce, unlike Hamtramck, or Mishawaka. GM knows Canadians have routinely made a silk purse from a sow's ear. For example, the best built Corvairs were said to come from Oshawa. They didn't trust LaGrange to build locomotives, so they built them in London, ON. In fact, the the first low cost Chevrolet, the Model 490, was built at the Dominion Carriage Company, at the Corner of Perth & Kingsley Avenues in Toronto during WW-I. That leaves St. Catherines which makes push rod engines. and CAMI which makes low margin CUVs. So neither of those are long for this world. A leopard can not change its spots, nor can GM change itself. Never has, never will.

  • Teddyc73 Looking forward to this. Hopefully it doesn't succomb to the leftist agenda and only come as an EV. If there is a gasoline version and a decent sized bed I'll consider this to replace my Ram 1500 when the day comes. Please let it be available in colors other than the same boring ones Ram has offered for years.
  • Xidex i haven't even turned the dial to AM since the 90's I think at that time it was only because there is one station i liked was on the AM dial (it is no longer around) Someone had to point to the station otherwise i wouldn't have even scanned the AM dial. I still think the AM dial should be left on radios though, If no one listened to it then there wouldn't be any stations would there.
  • Kwik_Shift I have five AM stations preset, each different from one another in terms of content. Some politics, some day to day, some do it yourselfing or help. Focus is more on local news and events. FM is just about pushing crap music and djs pushing the MSM message for their corporate overlords. FM is about making radio sound exactly the same all over North America. I like ONE FM station that plays different varieties of country music and has an entertaining dj. Overall, to each their own.
  • Kat Laneaux What's the benefits of this as opposed to the Ford or Nissan. Will the mileage be better than the 19 city, 24 hwy? Will it cost less than the average of $60,000? Will it be a hybrid?
  • Johnster Minor quibble. The down-sized full-sized 1980-only Continental (which was available with Town Car and Town Coupe trims) gave up its name in 1981 and became the Town Car. The name "Town Coupe" was never used after the 1980 model year. The 1981 Lincoln Town Car was available with a 2-door body style, but the 2-door Lincoln Town Car was discontinued and not offered for the 1982 model year and never returned to the Lincoln lineup.