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A worker attends to a minivan on the production line at Chrysler’s assembly plant in Windsor, Ont. CEO Sergio Marchionne said the company is ready to invest more than $1-billion (U.S.) to revamp the operations, but needs a decision within weeks on its requested federal and provincial assistance.
A worker attends to a minivan on the production line at Chrysler’s assembly plant in Windsor, Ont. CEO Sergio Marchionne said the company is ready to invest more than $1-billion (U.S.) to revamp the operations, but needs a decision within weeks on its requested federal and provincial assistance.
(GEOFF ROBINS/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Auto sector poker game is back – and highest bidder wins

Once again, a major global car maker is warning Canada that it will take its tools and set up shop somewhere else unless it gets the financial aid, cost-saving labour concessions and other incentives it’s demanding in exchange for a huge new investment in production. And it better happen soon.

Chrysler Group LLC chief Sergio Marchionne told reporters at the Detroit Auto Show that his company is ready to invest more than $1-billion (U.S.) to revamp its Windsor, Ont., minivan operations, but needs a decision within weeks on its requested federal and provincial assistance. And if Chrysler doesn’t get enough to cover a hefty portion of the cost, eager U.S. states are waiting in the wings to grab the deal.