Bombardier lays off 550 workers from Ontario plant

BREAKING: Bombardier Inc. to lay off 550 workers at its Thunder Bay, Ontario plant

BREAKING: Bombardier Inc. to lay off 550 workers at its Thunder Bay, Ontario plant

"Minister Hajdu would rather play politics, than push her cabinet colleagues to approve a plan that Bombardier can bid on, build cars for, and keep good paying jobs in Thunder Bay", Fedeli said in a statement.

Bombardier Inc. blamed the wind down of two important contracts and the Snatch The United States Act for its willpower to layoff 550 workers at its plant in State Bay, Ont. efficient early November.

"We urge the company to work with the provincial government to come to an agreement that would see jobs remain at the Thunder Bay plant".

"I think they're playing politics by pointing a finger at the provincial government, the government who has provided $5 billion in relief to the business community just this year alone, and saying that somehow it's a problem of the provincial government when it's the federal government that won't commit", Fedeli said.

Federal Employment Minister Patricia Hajdu fired off a statement that placed some of the responsibility on the shoulders of Ford and the Progressive Conservative government.

Bombardier confirmed Wednesday that it plans to slash up to 550 jobs by November at the rail vehicle plant, which has been part of the Quebec-based firm's troubled streetcar order from the Toronto Transit Commission.

Ontario is planning a historic transit investment, and the hope is that Bombardier will be a key player in that initiative, Fedeli said.

"Now you're having a test at these of us bright from State Bay or working within the logging trade or the mining trade".

"We look forward to receiving full applications with project details and timelines so that Infrastructure Canada officials can conduct their due diligence and projects can be approved as soon as possible", he said in the letter.

He say the province is partially to blame for the layoffs because Bombardier's "customer is the government, not individuals".

Both Mauro and Pasqualino have pointed to Buy America clauses in USA transportation contracts under the Trump administration as hampering Bombardier's ability to land new orders.

"We're going to maintain an empty plant in 2020", he talked about Tuesday.

The regional transit agency has also given Bombardier the option to slow down production of the 63 remaining rail cars slated for completion by year's end.

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"It should never have come to this", she said in the statement.

Bombardier, a Canadian-based global transportation giant, has been downsizing its aerospace and railway operations for several years as it attempts to improve profitability.

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