Ontario seeks auto expert to explain obvious: High labour, hydro costs pushing jobs south

Ontario’s premier has a penchant for appointing committees. Kathleen Wynne is big on committees. Whenever an issue comes up on which the premier feels she needs a greater understanding, she sets up a committee. It’s easy to mock, but at least it’s an acknowledgement that the government doesn’t feel it already has all the answers.

Her latest outreach isn’t for a committee per se, but for an expert. A committee of one. This expert needs to know about the auto industry. Not just the stuff everyone reads in the papers, but someone with insider knowledge and a keen grasp of the industry’s direction. As Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid put it: “We want global intelligence to determine, for instance, what are the next five or 10 mandates that are going to take place globally over the next five or 10 years … What we’ve lacked in the past has been sector knowledge that you probably can’t get from the government that you need to get from the sector itself.”

  • Waffle

    Sounds to me like a tailor-made job for somebody with party connections.

    • David Murrell

      Gossip that I have heard was that Don Drummond — the economist who did a study for the Ontario Liberals on balancing their deficit-addled budget — had close federal Liberal connections. So indeed, the corrupt Wynne government no doubt will hire a lapdog advisor.

  • mauser 98

    ….a consultant is some one who borrows your watch to tell you what time it is…..

    1,330,000 Ontario government employees (2012)
    96,500 make more than $100,000
    and Premier Strapon still has to hire a breathing body for information

    • Ron MacDonald

      Is she the strapee or the strapor?

      • mauser 98


        that is for other brave souls to ascertain…eeeeek

      • Mohamsandwich

        Depends if the Liberals are in power or opposition. At present, she straps it on and fucks taxpayers pretty good and hard.

    • David Murrell

      Ha! Good one, M. And we can all breathe easier, knowing that the Ontario is in good hands with Kathleen, with a new auto advisor skilled in the task of providing data on all the jobs being exported out of province, given Liberal economic policies.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Business exist to make a profit for its investors, not jobs. If more profit can be made in Mexico thanks to high energy costs, taxes etc., then it’s incumbent upon the governing authority to create a less hostile environment. One doesn’t need an auto expert to figure that one out.

  • Clink9

    There won’t be many left here to afford these new cars they build in Mexico.

  • favill

    Socialists live in a cocoon where capitalists pay all the bills and the socialists sermonize on the “moral high ground” how evil capitalists and corporations are. The useful idiots then give the socialists power and they in turn run the “evil” capitalists and corporations “out of town”–then the real world whacks them on the face like a 2″x4″ wielded by Hank Aaron. The useful idiots then wonder what happened to their jobs, why they’re paying higher rates for electricity even though they’re using less and why they’re paying more in taxes.

  • The Goat

    Maybe next they can an “expert” to show them which parts go together and which ones don’t.

  • WalterBannon

    Ontario Seeks ANOTHER LIBERAL CRONY to suck more cash out of the taxpayer…