Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier Christy Clark made a $934 million dollar announcement for public transportation in the province Thursday.
B.C. Transit awarded the Aldergrove-based company Grande West the contract to manufacture up to 112 mid-sized ‘Vicinity’ buses.
However, $35 million of that is going to China because that’s where 41 buses will be manufactured.
Unifor Area Director Gavin McGarrigle says both New Flyer and Nova Bus have been manufacturing buses in Canada for years, and were overlooked.
“We really question why is that established companies are not in the running here, and why does the province feel it’s appropriate to send infrastructure dollars overseas instead of keeping it in the country to simulate our economy.”
An initial order for 41 buses worth 13 million has been placed, with the option of purchasing 71 more.
In a statement to CKNW, BC Transit says while the buses are made in China, most of the components come from North American sources, and the design and engineering are all Canadian.