Nipissing MLA and Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli is in the middle of a battle after Bombardier announced that 550 Thunder Bay workers would be out of work by November 2019.
However, premiers Doug Ford and Patty Hajdu, federal cabinet minister and MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, blamed each other.
Hadju said that $ 8.3 billion in federal infrastructure funding was available over the past year for transit projects in the Greater Toronto Area, but that Ontario does not have it. He has not asked yet.
Vic Fedeli also took part in the conversation.
"Minister Patricia Hajdu is doing her constituents a disservice by engaging in politics with the livelihoods of Bombardier employees whose jobs are at risk if the federal Liberal government does not quickly commit to fully fund the federal share." Ontario's $ 28.5 billion historic transit expansion plan, "Fedeli noted in a statement to BayToday.
"Instead of working with the province to support Ontario's historic $ 28.5 billion transit expansion plan prior to the elections, Minister Hajdu would rather go into politics, rather than to push his cabinet colleagues to approve a plan that Bombardier could bet on, build paid car jobs in Thunder Bay.
"Although Ontario has met Bombardier, Unifor, and offered to buy $ 100 million worth of factory vehicles over the past month, where was Minister Hajdu?" She was missing in combat, did not talk with his counterparts in the province and instead blamed everyone and the federal government, "Fedeli said.
North Bay was the site where Bombardier's world-renowned water bombers were built from 1999 to April 2016. After a bull market that fell after September 11, Bombardier finally announced its departure from North Bay in October 2015.
With CP and TBNewswatch files