He owes the tax department a Billion Dollars.
Or so CRA claims.
And the debt isn't his personally, but if you know Canada Revenue, you'll realize that they can make things very personal.
His name is REID BIGLAND.
Deepen your voice to full announcer level and say that again.
"Hi! I'm Reid Bigland. And you're not."
Reid is the President of Chrysler Canada.
You know, that other company whose cars and trucks no one buys.
Reid and his good friend, The Other Guy who runs GM Canada, are shopping in the Parliament window for a little $10 Billion hand-out.
"Hi! I'm Reid Bigland!"
Of course, if we don't give Reid and his friends more of our tax money so they can keep building really shitty big cars that no one wants, coffee shops and bridal boutiques in Oshawa will go tits up.
Like they weren't going there anyway. Like times don't change. Tell that to the village smithy.
Of course, as we are a mere branch plant of Washington and Detroit, we will give these tax dollars to these deluded leading failures.
We will blind ourselves to the fact that GM Saab just filed for bankruptcy in Sweden, that GM Germany and South Korea have just cried for givernment (that's not a typo) money and that GM is trading just barely above the penny stock level.
The auto and transportation industries are going through seismic, cataclysmic change.
Some things are dying and some new things will be born - green cars, shared cars, no cars, autobikes, rubber buses, your guess is better than mine.
But propping up the locked-in-step machinery that belches forth Ford Exploders and 12 passenger Dodge Caravans is hardly the most useful thing we could do with our tax dollars.
Does that mean cut them all off at the knees and watch people hurl themselves into the St. Lawrence?
But it does mean saying to the arrogant, airhead BIGLAND's of the world, "O.K. Mr. Smarty Pants, show me The New, 'splain me your re-tooling plan, and tell me who else you're talking to about all those pensions and health plans because We the People are not in the business of supporting dying aardvarks and dodos."
The photo, by the way, is REID BIGLAND his own true fabulous suited self, showing off why he needs your money.
Like lots of Canadians are going to be buying that thing.