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article imageOnt. Premier cites record on protecting auto sector amid crisis

By Andrew Moran     Sep 30, 2011 in Politics
Brampton - Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke in the Greater Toronto Area Friday morning to talk about his government's record on protecting the automobile sector in the province and how they saved 400,000 auto jobs.
During the height of the economic collapse a few years ago, North American governments bailed out automobile companies in order to stave off bankruptcy, massive layoffs and the auto sector in both Canada and the United States.
Speaking in Brampton Friday morning, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty highlighted what the provincial government did during that time period, its record on job creation and its present and future plans to attract foreign investment, according to a news release emailed to Digital Journal.
The Liberal government loaned Chrysler and General Motors $4.8 billion, which he noted has been paid back in full six years ahead of schedule. The premier added that his government’s actions avoided a collapse for both the automakers and suppliers.
“Ontario builds more cars than any other place in North America, and the industry provides over 400,000 good jobs for Ontario families,” said McGuinty during a campaign event at the Brampton Chrysler Assembly plant. “Others would have cut those people loose — we chose to act, and in challenging times, we’d do the same thing again.”
McGuinty went onto criticize his opponent, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, for opposing government intervention in the auto sector. He also explained that the PC Party has $14 billion in unfunded giveaways and tax cuts that would lead to cuts in education and hospital.
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak taking photos with supporters at the 2001 Audio Vi...
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak taking photos with supporters at the 2001 Audio Video store on Eglinton Avenue East.
“Now is not the time for experimentation or political expedience,” added McGuinty. “We need strong, steady leadership. Only the Ontario Liberals have a plan to move us forward, together.”
The latest Forum Research poll, commissioned by the Ontario Federation of Labour, shows the New Democrats making significant strides in key electoral districts in Ontario. For example, in Parkdale-High Park, Trinity-Spadina and York South-Weston, the NDP hold at least a 12-point lead over their rivals.
The poll was conducted with more than 6,000 adults between Sept. 26 and Sept. 27. The survey contains a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points.
Ontario voters head to the polls on Oct. 6.
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