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Bombardier job cuts not likely to worsen LRT delivery delay: Councillor

Tom Galloway says the job cuts will most likely not affect the train deliveries in Waterloo Region
LRT vehicle arriving
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Bombardier has announced that it will be cutting thousands of jobs over the next year and a half.

This news comes shortly after an announcement that LRT in Waterloo Region would be delayed yet again.

It's not expected to be up and running until the spring.

Regional Councillor Tom Galloway tells 570 NEWS the job cuts will most likely not affect the train deliveries.

"The transportation division's COO was doing interviews here, locally, yesterday and ensuring us and the community that they would get the vehicles up and running. He would obviously -- I would think, I assume, know that these other things are going on in the back, and it wouldn't affect this particular program."

Galloway says whether Bombardier has taken adequate responsibility for the delays is questionable.

"Mr. Van Der Wee to his credit, I suppose, is a more recent addition to the Bombardier staff and maybe doesn't want to take any -- or doesn't have to take responsibility for the major delays that took place in 2015, 2016 and 2017."

In addition to the job cuts, Bombardier has also announced that it will sell two of its businesses for a combined total of $900 million dollars.

On Wednesday, Bombardier's chief operating officer committed to all 14 LRT vehicles being in Waterloo Region by the end of December.

"So that is correct, I'm committing that all 14 cars will have the new equipment installed on them and in the region by the end of the year." David Van der Wee told The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS.


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