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Ford to meet with General Motors executives in Detroit

Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks to media at Queen's Park in Toronto on Nov. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Premier Doug Ford will sit down with General Motors executives in Detroit on Tuesday, for his first face-to-face meeting since the company announced the Oshawa plant closure in November.

Meanwhile, the head of the union representing workers at the General Motors plant says Ford offered assurances that he would pressure the automaker to change its plans for the facility in Oshawa.

Unifor president Jerry Dias and Ford had initially clashed over the fate of the facility east of Toronto, with the premier saying little could be done to alter the minds of GM executives.

But after a meeting at the Detroit auto show, Dias said Monday the premier had vowed to press the company this week to keep the plant open.

The planned closure of the plant at the end of this year would leave 2,600 workers without a job.