MPP is touring Manufacturing Plants across Ontario; seeking ideas and solutions.
(Queen’s Park, ON) – This afternoon, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton toured yet another Ontario manufacturing plant on the brink of closure. During the tour, McNaughton heard from US executives and local team members about numerous provincial obstacles that are preventing future growth and investment from existing and new manufacturers across Ontario. Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett joined McNaughton on the tour.
“The executive and plant managers that we met with today are concerned about their plants future and the jobs associated with it,” said McNaughton. “This is an Ontario manufacturing company, once the heart and soul of our provincial economy, who is being driven out of the province and out of business by the government in Toronto.”
The plant that McNaughton and Barrett toured is the southwestern Ontario facility for a larger American company. They requested not to be named as they don’t want their head office to discover just how bad the situation has gotten here in Ontario. They are worried their plant will be shut down and the jobs relocated to an American state.
“These are exactly the kind of jobs that used to fuel Ontario’s economic engine but every day we’re seeing companies like this, Ontario companies, choosing to relocate or planning future expansions south of the border,” said McNaughton. “Without a plan to create jobs and grow Ontario’s economy, skyrocketing hydro rates and the increased burden of Kathleen Wynne’s cap-and-trade carbon scheme these are the stories we’re going to hear. It’s increasingly unaffordable to do business in Ontario and I place the blame squarely on the current government. We’re no longer competitive.”
Last week McNaughton toured Scarborough’s Automatic Coating and he will continue to tour manufacturing plants across Ontario over the next several months. He hopes to bring back stories, ideas and possible solutions to Queen’s Park to help rejuvenate and grow Ontario’s ailing manufacturing sector which has lost over 350,000 jobs since the current government took power.
“13 years of government mismanagement is exactly why we have skyrocketing and unaffordable hydro rates here in Ontario, and it’s why we’re seeing Ontario success stories considering future expansion in competing jurisdictions like the USA and Mexico,” summarized McNaughton.