mdvle wrote:I don't know about the political pressure - Bombardier hasn't been chosen in Quebec for the last 2 projects and I suspect that the Bombardier name (at least in rail) has such a bad reputation with the general public that it would be a brave politician that forced a Bombardier choice.10 months late response, but Bombardier really like to hoot itself on the leg lately. Bombarider begs the Quebec and Canadian governments for money ''To keep jobs inside Canada'' and when they get their money (Literally billions), they lay off thousands of people in Canada and even have the nerve of raising (or attempting to raise) the executives' salary by almost 50%.
It's also worth noting (perhaps as a warning to the politicians) that Bombardier also betrayed a politician. My recollection is the then mayor of Toronto (David Miller) did everything to give Bombardier the streetcar contract in a large part for supporting Canadian workers. Of course Bombardier then outsourced much of the work to Mexico.
I'm not surprised Via Rail decided to give the contract to that german company for the latest contract. >_>