MPP expresses condolences to the hundreds of workers who have lost their jobs at CAMI and General Mills.
QUEEN’S PARK – This morning, MPP Monte McNaughton addressed concerns of hundreds of workers who have lost their jobs across Ontario in the last 24 hours. McNaughton pointed specifically to Midland’s General Mills plant which shuttered its doors today after six decades of production, and Ingersoll’s CAMI assembly line which announced layoffs of up to 600 workers earlier this morning.
“I want to express my sincere condolences to the 700 workers across Ontario who will be impacted by these decisions,” said McNaughton. “It’s a sad day when you see a plant that has been employing people, providing good jobs and good futures for six decades, decide to up and close.”
Friday marked the last day for Midland’s General Mills plant. The plant which has been open for more than six decades produced Pillsbury refrigerated baked goods and pizza products. Production has moved to other plants, primarily one in Tennessee. According to recent media reports, there is no clear plan for the future of the General Mills site.
Today also brought bad news to CAMI assembly workers in Ingersoll and area as the company announced plans to layoff up to 20% of its workers. Just six weeks ago it was announced that production of the GMC Terrain would shift from CAMI in Ingersoll to a plant in Mexico.
“Life continues to get harder and more unaffordable under Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government. Taxes, fees, and hydro bills continue to skyrocket, and Wynne’s cap-and-trade cash grab is yet another new burden on Ontario families and job creators,” added McNaughton. It’s clear that Ontario is being left behind.
“No doubt this is a tough day for workers and families in Midland and in Ingersoll. Unfortunately, with Ontario headed in the exact opposite direction to the U.S., I have no doubt that we will continue to see layoff notices, plant closures, relocations and bankruptcies in the weeks and months ahead. Manufacturers across Ontario have said quite clearly that Ontario is no longer a competitive place to do business. Life is harder under the Liberals.”