Or you can argue that as a sovereign state, Canadians need their own version as to the how and why the Japanese automaker handled the recall of 8.5 million Toyota cars and trucks around the world—270,000 in Canada.
No matter which side you are rooting for, I can guarantee there are a few things our honourable members of parliament won’t come up with as Toyota Canada executives have their feet put to the fire in Ottawa this week:
• Toyotas aren’t all they are cracked up to be Although those in the industry know this has been going on since the mid-1990s, the difference in quality and reliability between the best and worst cars sold is much thinner than ever before. So why are you paying more for a bland-looking, not-very-fun-to-drive Toyota?;
• Toyota is a J-A-P-A-N-E-S-E automaker Although we in the media get hit over the head at every opportunity that Toyota is a “Canadian” company, the investigation as to how decisions are made within the automaker only highlight what has been known for years: all the important decisions come from Japan;
• Toyota is as greedy as every other automaker Although the automakers formerly known as the Big Three have been raked over the coals for forsaking quality products over profits for decades, the exposure of Toyota’s volume-over-quality corporate strategies have finally brought to light that it’s just like every other big company out there: it wants to make as much money as possible.
There will be plenty of fingers pointed this week on the Hill.
But will any of our MPs findings actually change your mind on whether or not your next new car will be a Toyota or Lexus?