Canadian auto boom
Since 1900, Canada has had a history of unique automobile design and manufacturing, from the first motorized horse carriages to the electric car. It's a story of invention, craftsmanship and high-risk business opportunities by foreign entrepreneurs looking for Canadian financial backing. The CBC Digital Archives highlights the history of some cars designed and made exclusively in Canada.
South of the border, plants are closing, jobs are disappearing and the Auto Pact becomes the villain. Angry American workers say that the Auto Pact has created too many jobs in Canada, and too few at home. They also say that the agreement was never meant to allow foreign carmakers to avoid import taxes.
. In 1987, the Honda plant in Alliston, Ont., employed 300 workers. By 1999, Honda employed 3,500 in Alliston.
. Honda and Toyota employees are non-unionized. In 2002, Toyota workers made about $28 per hour, which is almost identical to wages for members of the Canadian Auto Workers union.
Broadcast Date: Aug. 31, 1986
Guest(s): John Hammond, Gary McGugan, George Peapples
Host: Michael Vaughan
Reporter: Linda Sims
Last updated: January 23, 2012
Page consulted on March 29, 2012
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