Andrea Horwath MPP, Hamilton-Centre

Government of Ontario

Horwath calls for urgent action for autoworkers

Published on February 10, 2022

QUEEN’S PARK — Auto parts and assembly plants in Windsor and beyond are temporarily shutting down or cutting shifts as the blockade at Ambassador Bridge halts the supply chain. Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling for urgent action to break up the blockade, and replace the paycheques of workers that had their shifts cut.

“Ontario’s auto workers deserve so much better. They have nothing to do with the blockade — yet they’re paying the price, literally,” said Horwath.

“They still have to pay their mortgage. They still have to buy groceries, pay the child care fees and pay the bills. Yet, every day that Doug Ford allows this blockade to go unchallenged is another day that workers’ paycheques shrink. What will it take for Doug Ford to finally take action?”

Under the Highway Traffic Act, the government can cancel commercial operating licences for vehicles for misconduct, ignoring existing laws, or “any other sufficient reason.” Horwath said that would be a powerful incentive to get the convoy to leave the bridge. She is also calling on Doug Ford to replace the wages lost for working folks whose shifts were cancelled.

“If I were premier today, I’d be putting autoworkers’ jobs first. This siege needs to end,” said Horwath.