OTTAWA, Ont. — Industry Minister Tony Clement announced yesterday that the feds will commission a study of Canada’s medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturing sector.
The report is expected to be delivered in the spring of 2011 and will seek out opportunities to broaden Canada’s role in the manufacturing of commercial vehiles.
“The study will analyze the Canadian truck manufacturing sector and its suppliers and highlight the industry’s strengths, weaknesses and capacity,” said Clement. “Going forward, this information will support Industry Canada’s work related to transportation manufacturing industries in this country.”
The report will provide valuable insight into the sector and its key suppliers, Clement said, particularly in terms of output and employment. It will also identify and track trends in the industry over time.
The report was greeted with skepticism by the Canadian Auto Workers, who represent workers at the idle Navistar truck plant in Chatham.
“What’s to study?” Bob Chernecki, assistant to CAW president Ken Lewenza told the Chatham Daily News. “There is little left.”
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