The General Motors recall scandal might be hopping borders in the near future. The Canadian government's Transport Minister, Lisa Raitt, is pushing for an investigation into when GM Canada knew about the ignition switch problem and the necessary recall.
"Having seen what has developed in the United States I've gone back to my officials to go back to GM Canada and ask them when did they find out. Did they find out at the same time as GM in the U.S. told the world or did they know earlier than that?" said Raitt to Reuters in a conference call. If the Canadian arm of the company knew about the problem before the recall and didn't do anything, it could be in violation of the nation's laws. Raitt was clear that the investigation into GM Canada must be completed first, before she would decide to prosecute the company.
However, we can add this onto the pile of official investigations into GM. Multiple US agencies are already looking into it, and the fines are mounting as well. The business is already facing a $35 million payment to the US government for delaying the ignition switch recall and also receiving more oversight from the feds. In addition to that, the company has about $10 billion in 79 switch-related lawsuits to deal with.