Competitiveness: Cars and Seals and Electricity
This one is a bit off topic - but timely, so please bear with me.GM is planning on closing the Oshawa truck plant. The average worker makes approx $124k year (plus overtime). That’s got to sting the bottom line of any vehicle.The average seal hunting family in Newfoundland makes aprox $33K a year.
Hunting seals is out of fashion - for a myriad of reasons. As opposed to moving a GM plant outside of Canada, why not simply just move it to someplace inside of Canada where the operating expenses can be significantly lowered because of the ecomomic flavour of the region? Sharp savings, there. I know - it’s a crazy idea. Replacing seals with cars.
But what about the GM workers? Say, Ontario is debating on where to put the next nuclear power plant, that could easily be located on the eastern side of the province. It’s handy that Oshawa isn’t all that far away from Pickering or Darlington. It’s going to take a bushel and a half of workers to satisfy the labour requirements of building and operating a new power plant. Who better to do it than folks who were already accustomed to building and managing in a manufacturing industry?