Not ex­actly a fond farewell

SundayXtra - - OPINION -

READ­ERS had un­kind things to say about both the NDP gov­ern­ment and IMRIS Inc. when the firm an­nounced it was pack­ing up its Win­nipeg op­er­a­tion and mov­ing to Min­neapo­lis.

No big deal. The half that don’t move can get on at the new Tar­get at Polo Park and if not there I am cer­tain that a Dol­larama in their neigh­bour­hood could use a hand or two over the Christ­mas sea­son. This is the path and fu­ture that the NDP has for Win­nipeg­gers. We had our chance to get rid of them last year and didn’t so now you reap what you sow. Once the world met Jill Kel­ley, there was no turn­ing back.

— Al16

I guess now that the cor­po­rate wel­fare has run out, they are off to find hand­outs else­where.

— Spence Furby

For those in the know, this pri­vate com­pany and the tech­nol­ogy be­hind it was funded by pub­lic tax funds through the Na­tional Re­search Coun­cil. This money was di­verted from many real sci­en­tific re­search projects. Now that the com­pany is es­tab­lished, it is be­ing moved to out of the coun­try to ben­e­fit only the com­pany and a non- Cana­dian econ­omy. By rights, the tax­pay­ers should be sub­stan­tial share­hold­ers in this com­pany. It was af­ter all our money that was used in its de­vel­op­ment.

— pwarkentin2pc

This is the di­rect fall­out of Harper’s de­ci­sion to cut sci­en­tific re­search in Canada. BRAIN DRAIN.

— joe­cana­dian2

Un­for­tu­nately this has been a long time com­ing. IMRIS has ben­e­fit­ted from fairly large gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies of sev­eral sorts but just could not make a go of it in a com­pet­i­tive busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment. The choice to fo­cus on low vol­ume ( and de­mand) equip­ment at huge costs was ul­ti­mately a poor one, par­tic­u­larly in this belt- tight­en­ing en­vi­ron­ment. There just is not a strong enough use case for their equip­ment at the price it is sold at. They are hem­or­rhag­ing. I sus­pect this is a con­sol­i­da­tion in the hopes it will make them more at­trac­tive for pur­chase by a larger cor­po­ra­tion.

— RK

When one con­sid­ers that over 10 per cent of Man­i­toba’s pop­u­la­tion is a di­rect gov­ern­ment po­si­tion while the na­tional av­er­age is less than eight per cent, it is small won­der that high- pay­ing jobs are leav­ing the prov­ince. Cur­rent es­ti­mates are that the ex­tra pub­lic sec­tor jobs are cost­ing Man­i­toba over $ 1 bil­lion per year. And who is go­ing to pay for that? Not IMRIS, I see.

— keener1

Any po­ten­tial buyer of IMRIS would be wise to do more due dili­gence than Nor­tel did when they bought BNI from Graves... which evap­o­rated into the smoke and mir­rors it was within a year of buy­ing it. I’m sure Graves laughed all the way to the bank.

— pthepeg

Nice job sup­port­ing the lo­cal med­i­cal tech sec­tor NDP. NRC shut down, ma­jor lay­offs at Can­gene, Di­aMed­ica and now IMRIS moves to Min­neapo­lis and Mon­teris hires Min­neapolis­based CEO...

— win­nipeg­wil­son

Wasn’t David Graves the guy who was one of the part­ners on the build­ing of the new arena but he bailed out late in the game be­cause he couldn’t come up with the money?

— EDS

An­other nail in the cof­fin for the prov­ince’s so­called in­no­va­tion strat­egy, which fo­cused on life sciences. How many tax dol­lars were plowed into this firm through grants and R& D tax cred­its so it can take off down south?

— Ol­rik

Ex­actly the kind of com­pany and jobs we would like to keep here. Pity Canada can’t be more for­ward think­ing and rec­og­nize the value of in­vest­ing in R& D in­stead of cut­ting the fund­ing.

— Ev­ery­body Up

With the NRC shut­ting down, there’s no point in IMRIS hang­ing around here. All the im­por­tant re­search, and those ca­pa­ble of do­ing it, will go else­where. Sure, the Harper Gov­ern­ment is all about jobs. How many have they killed in Man­i­toba so far?

— JustWon­der­ing

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