Fiat Chrysler CEO fires warning shot at Ontario

Ontario risks reducing its competitive position in the auto industry even further with policies such as a provincial pension plan and a cap-and-trade system for pollutants, Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says.

“These are all things that add cost to the running of an operation,” Mr. Marchionne told reporters Friday after speaking at a conference in Toronto.

“They don’t come for free. They cost money. You start adding up the bill.”

He made his comments after sitting beside Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne during the conference luncheon.

“This is not what I would call the cheapest jurisdiction in which to produce,” he added during a question-and-answer session after the luncheon.


I am no fan of the auto industry, Chrysler was happy to take a bail-out from tax-payers, only Ford among the domestics stayed off the government tit.

Still that does not make his comments “wrong”, Wynne’s policies are turning Ontario into a rust belt.

One gets the impression it’s almost deliberate.

  • CodexCoder

    If all the employees are government employees, then those politicians that suck up to government unions (a very bad idea) and rob the middle class to pay for it, will remain in power. That is, until the middle class has their funds completely depleted or leaves for other venues with more respect for a good work ethic.

  • wallyj180

    OMG, I opened up the site and Wynne is there staring at me in all her beauty.

    That is cruel. Way too close-up.
    Now I have to go bleach my eyes.

  • BillyHW

    Believe me when I tell you that not one Chrysler employee voted PC in the last provincial election. Nor are any of them going to vote Conservative in the next federal election.

    • DD_Austin

      Why would they, if chrysler needs money to survive, liberal/NDP government will bail them out, to save those union jobs

      Their gravytrain is at more risk with the PCS

      • BillyHW

        That’s exactly what it is.

  • Lloyd Snauwaert

    Well, if it isn’t deliberate she’s almost too stupid to breathe…

  • DD_Austin

    It is deliberate

    It’s leveling the world

    After some 50 years of pouring money into post colonial third world shitholes trying to make them both independant and civilized, or at least preventing them backsliding back into ignorant savagery, the left has given up.

    Now the opposite is now engineered, taking 1st and 2nd world countries and turning them into third world shitholes.

    This time It’s working

    • Waffle

      It is deliberate but not for the reason you have proposed. She is deliberately driving this province into the ground so as to be able to sell our assets at less than bargain-basement prices to foreign interests (and to collect her ill-gotten reward). It’s already started. She must be stopped while we still have a glimmer of hope.

  • Canadian Born

    Ontario on its’ way to becoming another Greece. Wynne is taking this province down and is going to walk away scot free like the other jerk before her and know one in Ontario is doing a damn thing about it and that is truly a shame. This country is supposed to be a democracy but it only seems to benefit the rich not the blue collar workers who break their backs every day for a quarter of the wages that those crooked politicians make. If someone doesn’t do something soon our banks will close and the hard working people here won’t have access to what money they have left.

  • Clear Thinker

    I might accuse her of implementing Cloward/Piven, but I don’t think she is smart enough to know what that is.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I think most liberal politicians don’t, but they will simply continue trying to buy votes with public money until the wheels come off.

    • David

      Don’t kid yourself.

    • pike bishop

      My guess would be that she is familiar with that strategy.

  • mauser 98

    exemptions for Liberal friendly companies

  • Edubeat

    Methinks if all the Chrysler employees in Bramadesh become unemployed at once most of the 7/11 convenience stores run by imports will also close.