Ontario Mayors Urge Federal-Provincial Action on the Auto Crisis

November 24, 2008, 3:50 PM EST

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Mayors from 22 Ontario cities are calling for immediate government action to help the struggling automotive sector during the economic crisis.

Ontario Mayor's for Automotive Investment met November 21 in Toronto to discuss ways to help the sputtering auto industry and protect auto sector jobs. They pledged unified action to lobby the federal and provincial governments.

The group called on federal and provincial politicians to grant immediate loan guarantees to ensure auto assembly plants and parts manufacturers can keep operating.

"Estimates say that about one in seven jobs in this province is dependent directly or indirectly on the automotive sector," Toronto Mayor David Miller said. "Without access to credit for the manufacturers, the parts suppliers, the tool-and -die makers, the people who buy cars, the leasing companies, this sector cannot succeed," Miller was quoted in the Toronto Star.

"There is no time to wait," said London Mayor Ann Marie DeCicco-Best. "We have to move now to save jobs in the automotive industry, we need to fight for this," DeCicco-Best told Sun Media.

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