NDP condemns layoffs at Bombardier

MONTREAL – New Democrats condemn major layoffs at Bombardier Aerospace and offer their support to the 1,700 employees who lost their jobs today.

"It’s really bad news – for Montreal’s and Mirabel’s economy and for the aerospace industry in general," said NDP's Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont-La Petite Patrie). "This decision raises numerous questions concerning the Conservative government’s lack of support for this industry."

Since the Conservatives came to power, Quebec has lost 100,000 good jobs in the manufacturing sector. Stephen Harper’s government has cut 500 million dollars in tax credits supporting research and development.

NDP MPs intend to meet with employee representatives and lend their resources to affected workers. Access to Employment Insurance will be an important issue for these employees.

According to NDP deputy Industry critic Anne Minh Thu Quach (Beauharnois–Salaberry), these job losses illustrate the failure of the Conservatives’ aerospace industry development policy.

"The Conservatives allowed AVEOS close its training centre for Air Canada’s aircrafts, despite legal obligations to keep the Montreal centre open," said Quach. "Now Bombardier employees are paying for the Conservatives’ lack of vision. When jobs are created, the Conservatives are the first ones to hold press conferences and take credit. Will they accept their responsibilities now?”