Re­mem­ber GM when Cons come for votes


Re When GM Stood For “Gen­er­ous Mo­tors” (NOW, De­cem­ber 6-12). Wayne Roberts doesn’t lose sight of the for­est while help­ing us find our way through the trees on the GM shut­down.

He points out that, un­like Canada, when Euro­pean coun­tries bailed out com­pa­nies that found the free mar­ket a bit too sharp-toothed, they made sure those com­pa­nies would show their grat­i­tude by bring­ing jobs home when times got tough.

One per­son Roberts leaves un­named in his ar­ti­cle is the for­mer prime min­is­ter, Stephen Harper, who gave GM $11 bil­lion and only got $4 bil­lion back with no job com­mit­ments.

So when An­drew Scheer and Doug Ford come look­ing for votes with prom­ises of open­ing On­tario up for busi­ness, it be­hooves us to re­mem­ber that it has been the Con­ser­va­tives who soaked the tax­payer to pay sub­si­dies that let Cana­dian jobs dis­ap­pear out the open door.

David Baker Toronto

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