A letter to Premier Doug Ford

April 15, 2019

Honourable Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A1

Dear Premier Ford:


I am writing to express the support of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce for Bombardier Transportation’s plant in Thunder Bay. As Thunder Bay’s largest private sector employer, accounting for approximately 1,200 direct jobs and thousands of additional indirect jobs, Bombardier is a significant driver of the local, regional and provincial economy.

Ontario can be proud of its long-standing relationship with Bombardier whose supply chain extends well beyond Thunder Bay, providing direct economic and social benefits to citizens across the Province, including workers in Mississauga, Markham, Kingston, Vaughan, North Bay, and Toronto.

We are concerned that the current work orders at the Thunder Bay plant are nearing completion and that a long-term layoff could result in the departure of these highly sought-after skilled workers from our community and a significant negative impact on the economy.

The recent announcement of a $28.5 billion transportation vision highlights your Government’s long-term commitment to improving Ontario’s transit network. We believe that the Province could also be looking to secure BiLevel, LRV and subway vehicles to bridge current transportation gaps until long-term subway and Regional Express Rail plans are fully realized. Thunder Bay’s Bombardier plant is well-positioned to help address these short-term needs.

We welcome any help and support that you can offer to keep Thunder Bay’s Bombardier workers on the job and Bombardier suppliers across the province busy. Thank you for your consideration.

Charla Robinson

c. Hon. Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
Hon. Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation
Hon. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure
Hon. Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance
Hon. Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Stephen Lecce, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier
Kinga Surma, Parliamentary Secretary to the Infrastructure Minister
Michael Gravelle, MPP, Thunder Bay-Superior North
Judith Monteith-Farrell, MPP, Thunder Bay-Atikokan
Thunder Bay City Council

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce' advocacy work is made possible thanks to the generous support of our

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