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PM participates in Q&A session with CME Members

Published by Frank Defalco on March 01, 2014

BRAMPTON - Prime Minister Stephen Harper participated in a question and answer (Q&A) session with members of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). The session – which took place at Hydroform Solutions in Brampton – was moderated by Jayson Myers, President and CEO of CME, and Jason Langrish, Executive Director of the Canada Europe Roundtable for Business.

PM participates in Q&A session with CME members

During the Q&A session, the Prime Minister discussed the economy and measures that our Government is taking to help Canadian businesses succeed both at home and abroad. Some of the measures that were highlighted included support for Canadian manufacturers in Economic Action Plan 2014, tax reduction, the elimination of unnecessary regulatory burdens, and the Canada Job Grant. The Prime Minister also highlighted our Government’s unprecedented efforts to increase access to international markets, including through the agreement in principle that was reached with the European Union last October on a comprehensive trade agreement that will greatly benefit Canadian businesses, including the manufacturing sector in Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • Manufacturers are important contributors to Canadian trade, generating the majority of exports (62.3 per cent), which creates wealth and supports the country’s high standard of living.
  • Nearly 80,000 manufacturing establishments (31,000 in Ontario) exist across the country and contribute enormously to national and local economies.
  • Manufacturing is a major economic sector for Canada, with revenues of $591 billion ($270 billion in Ontario) in 2013.
  • Canada’s manufacturers and processors are major contributors to the Canadian economy, employing approximately 1.8 million Canadians (more than 770,000 in Ontario) in a wide range of industries.
  • Our Government is helping Canadians acquire the skills that will actually get them hired or help them obtain better jobs, including those in the manufacturing industry. This includes initiatives that make it easier for Canadians to connect with available jobs.
  • It is projected that the Canada-EU Trade Agreement will result in a 20 per cent boost in bilateral trade and a $12 billion increase in Canada’s GDP.

Quotes

“Our Government recognizes that Canadian manufacturers are the main economic engine of hundreds of cities and smaller communities across the country.  We recognize the challenges they are facing and have been taking important steps to support the sector and help make it more competitive and productive. That is why we included concrete measures in Economic Action Plan 2014 to support manufacturers, why we have lowered taxes and kept them low, why we are opening international market access like never before, and why we are working to match skills training with employer needs.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

“I was pleased to meet with members of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters today to discuss the many measures that our Government is taking to support them and to get their feedback on how we can continue to open new markets for Canadian businesses.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper 

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