High hopes for new federal minister in charge of auto industry

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Windsor Star/Grace Macaluso

The new federal Liberal cabinet minister who will oversee the future of the auto industry hails from southern Ontario, has worked for Ford Motor Co., of Canada and has ties to Windsor.

Navdeep Bains, Liberal MP for Mississauga-Malton, was appointed Wednesday as minister of innovation, science and economic development in the Justin Trudeau cabinet.

Bains, who obtained an MBA in 2001 at the University of Windsor, is a certified management accountant. According to his online candidate profile, he  worked several years in accounting and financial analysis at Ford’s headquarters in Oakville — experience that local industry observers believe bodes well for auto towns, like Windsor.

“That is positive news,” said Matt Marchand, president of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Bains is from southern Ontario, the heartland of automotive in Canada. Regionally, he’s in the midst of 700 suppliers and eight assembly plants. He’s obviously in the automotive community, which is very helpful.”

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