into the US. He claimed this would motivate auto
makers to relocate production capacity to the US
(though at least one auto maker has said it won’t alter
plans to develop its Mexican operations).
Anything that impacts the automotive sector
is going to affect job shops. One such business is
machine shop Noble Precision of Toronto, Ontario.
Noble is part of a network of companies that includes
an automotive parts supplier. President and owner
Manos Pavlakis is taking note of the noise coming
from Washington, but it hasn’t changed his mind
about a massive, multi-year re-engineering plan now
underway at Noble.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with the
Donald, but I’m not thinking about what could
happen to us,” Pavlakis says. “If I thought it was going
to hurt me, I wouldn’t be moving forward. Canada
is still valuable as a trading partner. I think it goes
both ways with the US. We have technology and
other resources, and the only thing Mexico really has
is labour. Canada is on a completely different level.
Looking to make sure the playing field is level–I think
that’s what Trump is more concerned about.”
Not everyone feels that way. Trump’s rise to
power has put people like Peter Montroukas,
president of Geotech Precision, in Montréal, QC,
on alert. “He’s created expectations of change. A
lot of it is hot air, but for me it’s been done in a
very negative manner. I’m really concerned with
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make $45 an hour and have all their expenses paid–plus they can get
50 or 60 hours of overtime every week. It’s hard to compete and keep
people up here.”
Obviously the big news south of the border is US President Donald Trump.
Trump has talked tough about revisiting North American trade agreements
that he claims are biased against his country, and drew particular attention
when he promised to impose a huge tariff on cars made in Mexico coming
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