Navistar demolition file photo.

Navistar Lessons Learned

As the former Navistar plant is torn down, Chatham-Kent-Essex MP Dave Van Kesteren is reflecting on the events leading up to now.

Van Kesteren says looking back, a few things are clear.

“I think we may have been able to prolong the agony,” notes Van Kesteren. “Ultimately, the writing was on the wall for a long time. Long before I came into office, there was talk about Navistar leaving. When it did happen, it was nevertheless still painful.”

To save manufacturing, Van Kesteren believes the stand-off between industry, labour and government needs to end.