en villeThis could have been a very tough week for General Motors Canada president Arturo Elias.
Fortunately, a strike against GM in the U.S. by the United Auto Workers proved to be brief and had only a minor impact on Canadian operations.
While some assembly lines did shut down, "we'll be back up and running in the very near term," Elias said during an interview in Montreal yesterday.
Now comes a longer-term challenge: finding a way for GM's Canadian operations to remain competitive.
The company, of course, has long since pulled its auto plant out of Ste. Thérèse. A restructuring, announced in 2005, has targeted one of its plants in Oshawa for rationalization.
As well, a third shift at an Oshawa truck plant was eliminated this year, cutting 1,200 jobs.