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Aired 3 months ago 20:31
GM Oshawa closure casts new light on bailout
On Monday, General Motors announced it is pulling out of Oshawa, Ontario, where it employs more than 2,500 people. This comes years after a major Canadian bailout pulled GM back from the brink. The National's Jonathon Gatehouse breaks down corporate bailouts the Canadian auto sector has received and explains how that fits into Canada's broader relationship with buoying big business.
Aired 3 months ago 48:35
GM announces plant closures, France looks to a post-coal future, Senate could pull US out of Yemen
General Motors says it plans to shut down five North American assembly plants and lay off some 14,000 workers as it concentrates on its best-selling vehicles, mostly SUVs and trucks. We hear from autoworkers in Oshawa, Ontario, whose jobs will disappear. French President Emmanuel Macron says his country is proceeding with plans to leave coal behind and move to clean energy. Plus, host Marco Werman speaks with Jin Park, the first DACA recipient to be offered a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford University in the UK.
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Aired 3 months ago 18:32
What is the car of the future? And who builds it?
General Motors announced the impending closure of its Oshawa, Ontario plant yesterday, a move that will eliminate almost 3,000 jobs. In explaining its decision, the company said it was refocusing on the future of the automobile, looking at electric, self-driving and connected options. So, what does that future look like? We’ve seen glimpses so far, and big promises, but nothing like the pivot that requires a massive change of direction from traditional automakers. We’ve been hearing about self-driving vehicles for years, but they’re not on streets yet, except as tests that sometimes go horribly wrong. Electric cars are here already, but haven’t exactly achieved critical mass or a price point that works. And everything is connected now, so of course cars will be. What, then, is the car of the future, exactly? What sells it? And more importantly, who builds it? How does the industry change in the decade to come? Is GM’s move a sign of a shift away from Southern Ontario by car makers, or is GM just behind its peers and hoping to catch up? GUEST: Tim Dimopoulos, Automotive Specialist
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