While the unveiling of the sixth-generation Camaro in Belle Isle, MI earlier this month had countless Chevrolet fans excited, the arrival of the new model had some Canadians shaking their heads. This is because Camaro production will shift from Oshawa Car Assembly, ON to Lansing Grand River Assembly, MI once the new model hits the lines, whittling Oshawa’s workforce from 3,600 down to 2,600. Meanwhile, the jobs in Lansing, which currently employs 1,292 people over a single shift, will swell some 500 employees.
Which makes it all the more perplexing that a new Conservative Party campaign video titled “Proven Leadership,” which looks to champion Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s accomplishments, includes a brief clip of the Camaro being assembled.
Unsurprisingly, various media outlets in Canada have jumped all over the Conservative’s gaffe. The party, on the other hand, is holding firm.
“They show what Canadians already know — that being prime minister is not an entry-level job and requires proven leadership to make hard decisions, like how best to keep Canada safe from the threats of jihadi terrorism,” said party spokesman Cory Hann.
We’re not sure what “jihadi terrorism” has to do with Camaros being built, but whatever.
We’re not political scientists, mind you, but it seems unwise to remind constituents of impending job loss. Speaking of job losses, the media group behind this new ad has definitely sacked someone, which means there is at least one new job opening in all this.
The last Oshawa-built Camaro will roll off the assembly line on November 20, 2015.