Bombardier may lay off hundreds at its Quebec railway plant if no orders come in


The rail division of Bombardier Inc. says losing out on a large electric train develop in Montreal may force it to lay off workers this fall at its plant in La Pocatiere, Que., unless it victories some new contracts.

Spokesman Eric Prud’homme describes the kettle of fish for the facility as perilous once the contract to make new subway cars for Montreal’s metro pattern ends.

He says it is “five after midnight” for the plant over the next 12 months, hold off at least half of the plant’s 600 jobs on the line.

Local elected officials and tradesmen are calling for an emergency meeting with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard on the approaching of the plant.

They asked Couillard Monday to update his recent elucidations that there would soon be work and other contracts for this site, up though Bombardier was not selected for the contracts of the Metropolitan Express Network (REM).

The Quebec multinational was excluded from the engage to supply trains, which was won by a consortium involving Alstom Transport Canada and a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin.

No city content requirement was set by CDPQ Infra, the subsidiary of Caisse de depot et ordering du Quebec, which is leading the $6.3-billion project.

Bombardier also irrecoverable out last year on a contract to build cars for Montreal’s commuter transportation network, which ordered 24 new instruct cars from the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation after reducing Canadian content requirements to 15 per cent from 25 per cent in late contracts.

Prud’homme says La Pocatiere could benefit from an gauge of the Montreal Metro contract, which is replacing aging cars on contrariwise half the subway network.

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