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Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens talks auto with Navdeep Bains

CBC News | Windsor

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens got some face time with a high-ranking federal minister Thursday during the Large Urban Mayors conference in Ottawa.

April 14, 2016

Dilkens said they talked about the automotive industry, specifically a new $19.6-million automotive fund that will include two Windsor companies.

PM Trudeau's cabinet must juggle competing expectations, observers say

CBCradio | The Current

Many promises made on the campaign trail… all leading up to today, when Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is in as Canada's 23rd prime minister. Ontario mayors have called on Mr. Trudeau to make sure the Canadian auto industry is not undermined by the TPP trade deal.

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November 4, 2015

My biggest hope for the new government is that we will be able to read things before we are asked to support or oppose them.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173

Ontario mayors urge Trudeau to protect auto sector from TPP deal

The Globe and Mail | News | Politics

Fresh discontent is surfacing over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that Canada signed in the dying days of Stephen Harper's government - uneasiness that Justin Trudeau's Liberals must confront as the job of ratifying the accord falls to them.

October 29, 2015

If I can't read it, there must be something wrong with it. I saw a poll where 19 per cent of people said it was good for the country and I was like, 'How do they know?'
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173

Dilkens, other Ontario auto mayors write letter to trade minister about TPP

Windsor Star | News

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and 17 mayors of auto sector cities across Ontario have written a letter to international trade minister Ed Fast pleading that their concerns be taken into account in trade negotiations for a Trans Pacific Partnership.

October 9, 2015

After talking to folks at Chrysler and auto mayors around the province, we’re all very concerned that there could be a very negative impact on the auto sector in Canada if the agreement for the TPP doesn’t include a long tariff transition period for Canada’s auto sector so that it matches up and harmonizes with the U.S. deal.
Mayor Drew Dilkens
City of Windsor

Auto mayors want Canada to have level playing field with U.S. in TPP

CBC News | Windsor

The mayors of Ontario's automotive cities and towns are calling on Ottawa to ensure that whatever automotive trade rules are set in a pending Pacific Rim trade deal will come into effect at the same time in both the United States and Canada.

October 1, 2015

We're concerned that the most important thing is first, to make sure that the tariff reductions are done on the same time frame as the U.S. so that we stay harmonized with the North American market, which we have been since the Auto Pact and that's been very good for the Canadian economy.
Mayor Rob Burton
Head of Council & CEO
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 4173
E Paper - Windsor Star - 2014

Auto Mayors Press Politicians to Support Industry

Windsor Star - Business | Automotive

In an open letter earlier this month, the Auto Mayors of Ontario, asked each provincial party to unveil its “strategy and plan to ensure there will continue to be a competitive and sustainable automotive industry.

The group, which represents 17 mayors with auto plants in their jurisdictions, said "for many communities the local plant is a key employer where thousands of our citizens earn a living in satisfying careers."

May 29, 2014

The mayors of Ontario’s automotive cities want to know where the major political parties stand on the future of the auto industry. At least one mayor, Windsor’s Eddie Francis, doesn’t think the sector is getting the attention it deserves as the June 12 provincial election enters its final two weeks. Mayors
Ontario's Automotive Cities