– A company that provides corporate services to corporations in Canada has filed a lawsuit accusing the province of trying to “mislead the public” by “misleading the public on the details of a proposed merger with the Windsor-Detroit corporation”.
The Windsor-Eskimos-Windlands corporation (W-E) filed the suit on Monday.
W-D is one of the four Canadian corporate service corporations (CSCs) formed under the Windsor Charter, which allows private companies to merge with publicly owned Crown corporations to form larger businesses.
The proposed merger would create the Windsor/Essex City-Winders corporation and the Windsor City-Essey City corporation.
Wes Clark, a lawyer for the Windsor and Erie City Corporation (WEC), which would form part of the proposed merger, told CBC News that “the proposed merger is in the best interests of the Windsor residents and the surrounding area and is in our long-term interest.”
Clark said WEC would be able to better manage its financial assets and to invest in its employees, which would provide greater control and accountability over the corporate affairs.
He also noted that WEC had been in discussions with the government for the last year.
“We are committed to providing services to the Windsor community,” Clark said.
Clark told CBC that W-E has been working with the province on the merger for several years, and that it is “not going to be a one-size-fits-all” process.
“They’re trying to mislead the public by misleading the public,” Clark added.WEC also filed a similar lawsuit last year, in which it accused the province and its officials of misleading the public about the proposed acquisition of a subsidiary of the City of Windsor.
The city of Windsor is located in Ontario’s east and south.
W.E. is asking the court to dismiss the city of Ontario’s complaint against WEC.
The lawsuit comes after a public consultation on the proposed transaction between the Windsor municipality and the City Council, and an analysis of the potential economic impact the proposed purchase would have.
A city spokesperson told CBC Windsor would not be a “major player” in the proposed new entity.
The city said in a statement that the new entity would “support Windsor’s economy and services” by providing “full-time, full-benefit” employees with the opportunity to work remotely, to travel to other regions of Canada, and to work “at the forefront of technological innovation in the energy sector.”
Clark told Al Jazeera that WEDC was “very proud” of its involvement with the city, and is “committed to helping the Windsor city succeed in this merger.”