Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Couillard Says He Is Open to Advancing Montreal's Subway Contract to Bombardier

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Couillard Says He Is Open to Advancing Montreal's Subway Contract to Bombardier

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Couillard considering subway contract to Bombardier

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QUEBEC - Premier Philippe Couillard suggested Friday he's open to giving Bombardier a contract to replace Montreal's subway cars in order to stave off potential job losses at the company's plant north of Quebec City.

During a trade mission in Washington, D.C., Couillard said his government was in talks to award a contract to Bombardier after the company failed to secure more work at its plant in La Pocatiere, Que.

"Without going further, I would say today it's a hypothesis that is very interesting," Couillard said. "I called Montreal's mayor to talk about it. Why? Because the plant in La Pocatiere is made for this."

Bombardier's transport sector lost its bid for the $630-million project to supply Montreal's electric light rail network.

The contract went instead to its rival, French company Alstom, without any minimum guarantee for local Quebec content. …

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