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The federal government needs to get a better idea from Chrysler Canada about the implications for this country of the company’s ­financial restructuring plan, says Industry Minister Tony Clement.

The federal government needs to get a better idea from Chrysler Canada about the implications for this country of the company’s ­financial restructuring plan, says Industry Minister Tony Clement.

In an interview yesterday on CTV’s Question Period, Clement said he’s especially interested in finding out what product lines Chrysler has in mind for its plants in Windsor and Brampton.

Chrysler provided only a sketchy outline of its latest proposals last Friday, sending a brief covering letter to the federal and Ontario governments that added little to plans previously submitted to the new Obama administration in the United States.

Chrysler said it didn’t have to go into great detail about developments north of the border because its American and Canadian operations are so highly integrated.

But the paucity of new information disappointed some industry analysts, and Clement made it clear he wasn’t satisfied.

“We do have an integrated market,” he said.

“But at the same time, if we’re talking about Canadian taxpayer dollars, we do want to have some specifics about what exactly is going to be going on in Canada. I think that message did get through.”

 
 
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