Hudak uses Philips closure to illustrate problems with manufacturing job losses

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Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Provincial Tory leader Tim Hudak said this week the loss of manufacturing jobs, like the closure of the Philips Canlyte operation in Cornwall, can be stopped if he is elected.

Hudak, speaking at an event hosted by Canada 2020 in Ottawa, said managers need to rethink closure plans in the short-term.

"Jim McDonell is talking about that. It's a heart breaking loss," said Hudak, referring to the local Tory MPP. "My message to (manufacturers) is hold on. Help is on the way."

Hudak has argued Ontario is in the midst of a job crisis.

"We should lament every lost job in our province," he said. "We have (lost) 300,000 of those in manufacturing.

"(There is) heartbreak of families who now have to go tell the kids there’s no more paycheque coming in."

Philips announced the closure of its Cornwall operation a ouple of weeks ago. In just 11 months nearly 200 people who work at the plant will be out of work.

Organizations: Tory MPP, Canada 2020

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario, Ottawa

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  • bruce
    May 14, 2014 - 18:39

    Mr. Hudak is a dope. The reason for the closure, as stated, the company is doing so as the product is no longer marketable. The other plants are meeting the sales requirements. But according to Hudak he would some how force the company to stay open .How ? by grants to retool. He should know this is part of the problem ,I mean it's part of his platform.