CAW President Expresses Fury over Federal Decision to Withhold Funds

    TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - CAW President Buzz Hargrove expressed his severe
frustration and anger over comments made by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty that
the federal government plans to withhold funds for investment at the Ford
Essex engine plant.
    Flaherty indicated that the government is refusing to participate in the
reopening of the facility, for which the provincial government has already
agreed to pay half of the $60 million investment.
    In a letter to both Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister Flaherty,
Hargrove called on the government to recant their position and move beyond
their do-nothing philosophy to act responsibly in supporting the automotive
    "For months stakeholders from all sectors of the industry have been
calling for a concerted, coordinated effort involving the industry and all
levels of government to alleviate the crisis and ensure that Canada is left
with a core foundation of modern, productive and innovative facilities,"
Hargrove wrote.
    "The Canadian Automotive Partnership Council, in which we have been a
full participant, has been waiting with growing unease for an indication that
the federal government plant to move ahead with a full-fledged, effective
automotive policy."

    To read the full text of the letter, please visit:

    Hargrove is available for comment.

For further information:

For further information: please call CAW Communications, Shannon Devine,
(cell) (416) 302-1699

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