Evening Update: Bombardier confirms cuts in Thunder Bay; former ambassador to China has warned Beijing against further sanctions against Canada

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Bombardier’s rail-car division has now confirmed that it will cut 550 workers at the Thunder Bay plant in November

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Bombardier Transportation cited the coming end of contracts from two Ontario transit agencies – Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission – within weeks of each other later this year. The cuts will halve the number of workers at the 1,100-employee plant.

But the Bombardier layoffs have also set off a round of finger pointing between the federal and Ontario governments. Ontario’s Employment and Job Creation Minister Vic Fedeli said Ontario is on the verge of a $28.5-billion transit plan, and urged the federal government to commit its share – up to 40 per cent – before the October general election. The federal government says it is waiting to see details before it releases any funding to the

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