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`Horrible' Chrysler news means thousands of Canadian job losses: CAW

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The latest job cuts at Chrysler LLC will cost thousands of Canadian jobs directly and at parts suppliers _ some of which may face bankruptcy _ Canadian Auto Workers president Buzz Hargrove says.

The automaker's elimination of a shift at its Brampton, Ont., sedan assembly plant will cost 1,100 jobs at the factory west of Toronto, he says, adding an estimate that each assembly job ripples out to 7{ jobs in the wider economy.

Thursday's ``horrible'' news from newly privatized Chrysler also means an undetermined job loss at the minivan plant in Windsor, Ont., which assembles the Chrysler Pacifica crossover vehicle, which is being discontinued.

Hargrove said Pacifica output will end Nov. 26 and production of the Dodge Magnum station wagon in Brampton will end early in 2008.

He added that a Magna International (TSX:MGA) plant in Windsor is solely devoted to the Pacifica, and other parts makers also face intensifying hardship as they lose business with the Canadian Chrysler plants and with three of the automaker's assembly plants in the United States that are each losing a production shift.

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