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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
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