I think it's fair to say that I'm an expert on the automotive industry. My family worked at General Motors. My breakfast and dental work was literally paid for by GM. As a university student, I worked for GM. As an entrepreneur, I created software that is at the heart of GM research. As an industrial scientist, I've prepared companies for automotive audits.Compelling appeal. Unfortunately for us, signs indicate that Mr. Harper is not stopping to ask for directions from those who can help, he's jettisoning them.
As a DirecTV designer, GM's senior VP has discussed with me how GM's billion dollar investment in the new High Definition (HDTV) technology was progressing. Today, every time Shaw cable works on my PVR, I smile when they explain the TV programming guide to me. I wrote the design specs for GM/DirecTV's guide over a decade ago, so it's amusing to have one of my creations explained.
I've also been in a serious car accident with a GM vehicle. Today, I see siblings, cousins, in-laws and friends losing their automotive jobs and their pensions at risk.
Here are the three things I would change about the auto industry, if I were in the federal government.
One, go green. Two, stop the wild fluctuations of the Canadian dollar. Three, get Stephen Harper's head out of the sand, and stop thinking in ideological terms. Get him to help.
Hundreds of thousands of Canadians face economic tragedy. Mr. Harper needs to look for directions. He should ask for input from those of us who understand things industrial. We know what to do.
Eugene Parks, Victoria.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
A memo to Harper
"Memo to Harper: Save GM," from the nation's busiest letter writer, making a personal appeal on getting help for the auto industry: