Premier Kathleen Wynne seemed stunned yesterday when Chrysler made an abrupt decision and decided not to go after the $700 million dollars there were asking taxpayers for to upgrade their plants in Windsor and Brampton.
Normally when the Liberals dole out our money, companies are quite quick to come to the government trough to slop it up.
You only have to look at your electricity bill to see that.
Chrysler said they’re not interested because the issue has now become a “political football”.
I have a hard time believing the Chrysler CEO, who is known for his winner takes all hard line negotiating, gives a rat’s arse about any political football.
Especially when it comes to government handouts.
Chrysler has had 50 months of solid sales growth unlike 2009 when they got $800 million to wait out the recession.
$700 million seems a little high considering the recession is over.
Maybe a better policy is making Ontario more conducive to business instead of bribing companies to stay with taxpayer’s money.
This reminds me of the old days when buying a car involved many dealership visits and wrangling with a slick wide tied salesman to get the best price.
Like then, the key is, to know when to walk away.
And clearly, this CEO does, but he’ll be back.
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