When the Caterpillar closure was announced last week there was a lack of attention at the political level, especially from the federal government. In what became something of a sad parody, they spent more time shifting the onus onto other levels of government than in actually speaking directly to community problems.
Caterpillar's decision to close Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) in London, Ontario, will result in 450 jobs lost and an immeasurable ripple effect to the local economy. When Harper took office in the winter of 2006, there were 2,127,200 manufacturing jobs in Canada. Today there are 1,743,700 -- a total loss of nearly 400,000 manufacturing jobs under his watch. Over 40,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in the last 12 months alone.