Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Life After General Motors: Communities In Crisis Rebuild For A Bright Future

Photo: Boisbriand Mayor Helene Gignac, right, and Sylvie St-Jean, manager of the Faubourg Boisbriand in Boisbriand, Que., Tuesday, June 23, 2009. The site of the former General Motors auto plant has been converted to a shopping center and condominiums. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

From Canadian Press:

MONTREAL — The resurrection of the Chevrolet Camaro remains a sore point for many former General Motors workers near Montreal, but Quebec's last automotive town has discovered it's better off in some ways without the troubled carmaker.

The Boisbriand plant shut its doors for good in 2002, leaving 1,500 people - the last of what was once a workforce of 4,700 - unemployed.

By the time GM decided to resume production last March of the iconic muscle car in Oshawa, Ont., the sprawling plant that was the centrepiece of Boisbriand for 35 years had been levelled and efforts were underway to transform the land into an eco-friendly neighbourhood.

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