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