Pop Quiz

Pop quiz.

In the USA, where do the $1.3 Billion, 2,500 high paying jobs auto plant manufacturers set up?

Here in the one of the most rural areas of Georgia. A place with a population of 3,000 people.

How do you get there, you ask? With a low operating cost environment and $400 million in incentives.

In Canada, where do the billion dollar, thousands of high paying jobs auto manufacturing plants set up (with hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars)?

Southern Ontario or maybe here, oh that’s southern Ontario too.

Keep the Equalization, Ontario. We’ll take the jobs.

Dirty little secret time. Ontario would prefer the jobs to the Equalization.

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0 Responses to Pop Quiz

  1. The Virginian says:

    I don’t recall seeing any comments about an October 10th article in the G&M titled appropriatly SMALL TOWN (BIG AUTO) ONTARIO.
    Talks about small towns like Arthur and Palmeston and Shelburne where auto parts plants are booming while cities south and west of them see factories closing and jobs disappear. Employers like TG Minto Corp, Msashi Auto Parts, KTH Shelburne Mfg. Inc Setex Canada GP (mostly Co. from Japan). Quote from the Mayor Ed Crewson: “Our biggest export used to be our kids…no jobs. Whole generations of people just left.”
    Oh of course one of the reasons for setting up “in farm country” the excellent road infrastructure and of course avoid unions (farmerr like work).
    How about the Saudi Port Co. buying into Halifax anything serious about that Dave, if so you will need to thank Lou Dobbs (CNN) who created a real paranoia in the US.

  2. David Campbell says:

    A couple of things. One, the manufacturing sector in Ontario is taking a hit and a number of communities are feeling that hit. If I was in Ontario, I would be pushing a different agenda. I am not saying we should raid manufacturing out of Ontario. What I am saying is that in many countries, large anchor manufacturing plants are used to support economic development in the most needy areas. In Canada, they by and large are sited in communities in the fastest growing and most successful economies. Again, when there is a downturn, that obviously will impact these communities. Two, I am perfectly fine and supportivce with the Saudi Port Co. buying into Halifax if it translates into economic growth and new investments. I am not pushing for foreign investment as an abstract concept but as a vehicle to stimulate economic growth. For example, when Cisco was in its heyday, it would buy competitors and then shut down their manufacturing (there is one case in Ontario that I can’t think of right now). While the hundreds of millions of dollars did flow to the entrepreneur that owned that company, in my opinion it’s a net loss to the community because of the plant closure. As for Lou Dobbs, he is patently crazy. I stopped watching him once and for all about six months ago as he has become a mouthpiece for the kind of paranoia that could ultimately lead to the fall of Rome. America’s greatest attribute has been its ability to attract foreign investment and the best and brightest talent – reseachers, entrepreneurs, etc. that all wanted to live in the USA. As that desire wanes (after watching guys like Dobbs), America will likely implode. However, I am hopeful that Dobbs is an aberration. A short term, knee-jerk reaction to a temporary situation. Shame on the managers at CNN that would rather garner ratings by fomenting this type of reaction than putting forward quality, well-thought out programming that looks at these issues with a balanced view.