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Ontario’s $348,000-per-year trade representative position in Washington is currently empty Social.

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  • Ford’s contract was not renewed as US politicians pushed a policy that would harm the Ontario auto industry.

The Premier Doug Ford administration has left Ontario without a trade representation in Washington for many weeks while US legislators pushed through measures that might harm the province’s car industry.

The government did not renew Ian Todd’s three-year contract when it ended on Oct. 22, and CBC News has found that Todd ceased working at the end of September, taking a vacation in the United States capital for the last weeks of his contract.

The vacancy occurs at a critical juncture in Ontario’s history in Washington. Democrats in Congress are drafting a big piece of legislation that might have disastrous consequences for the province’s car industry. A tax credit is included in the roughly $2 trillion US measure.

Ford’s cabinet approved the following job description:

Representing the interests of the Province of Ontario in Washington, D.C., includes lobbying for Ontario’s interests with top government officials and decision-makers in the United States of America.

Advising the Premier on the delivery of the government’s strategic initiatives, especially the connection between Ontario and the United States of America.

Todd’s position was changed significantly in 2019 to that of special adviser to Vic Fedeli, the minister of economic development, rather than the premier. But he kept his job as Ontario’s envoy in Washington and kept his $348,000 yearly pay, meaning he was paid more than $1 million for the three-year term.

On Wednesday morning, Ford and Fedeli were in Guelph to introduce the government’s new auto strategy, which focuses on making Ontario a manufacturing powerhouse for electric vehicles and EV batteries.

Read More: Ontario’s $348,000 per year trade rep post in Washington sitting vacant | CBC News

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