Local Press Releases

Statement on expected BlackBerry layoffs

September 20, 2013

The following is a statement by MPP Michael Harris in response to the announcement of plans for further layoffs at BlackBerry.

“I was saddened to learn that more layoffs are about to happen at BlackBerry. Seeing hardworking men and women lose their jobs is always difficult to take in. Still, I remain confident that many of those professionals affected will soon discover new opportunities in Waterloo Region’s world-renowned tech-sector.

“BlackBerry has done so much for our community and province over the years, injecting billions of dollars into our economy, creating thousands of local jobs and establishing a culture of ingenuity and innovation throughout the region.  

“Despite this setback, I’m certain that, with the right economic policies, we can build on the success our region and province have achieved over the years. So I would encourage the Premier to begin developing a jobs plan today that will keep Ontarians working and our economy growing.”