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Public Works Minister Diane Finley and MP Joyce Bateman (Winnipeg South Centre) met with members of Manitoba's aerospace industry in Winnipeg Friday to discuss defence procurement and the new Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS).

"Canada's aerospace industry contributes significantly to Canada's GDP. That's why it is so important to support the Canadian industry and hear directly from business owners of their experiences in dealing with government," Finley said.

Aviation industry flying high

Canada ranks third in the world for Civil Aircraft production.

The Canadian aerospace industry accounts for 172,000 Canadian jobs.

The Canadian aerospace industry contributes almost $28 billion to Canada's GDP and exports nearly 80 per cent of products to highly diversified markets. It also generates $1.7 billion a year in research and development activity in Canada.

Six months after the launch of the DPS, the aerospace industry provided their feedback on the strategy's three main objectives: to deliver the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard in a timely manner; to leverage purchases of defence equipment to create jobs and economic growth in Canada; and to streamline the defence procurement processes.

"Canada's new Defence Procurement Strategy is the largest fundamental transformation in procurement in the past 30 years, and it is critical that industry remain engaged in helping us implement its elements and also improve," Finley said.

Finley and Bateman were joined by the following companies: Boeing Canada, Cadorath Uniflyte Ltd.,The Composites Innovation Centre, Cormer Aerospace, Custom Steel Manufacturing Ltd., EMTEQ, EnviroTREC, Executive Aviation Services, InfoMagnetics Technologies, Kelowna Flightcraft Allied, Magellan Aerospace, Manitoba Aerospace Association, Manitoba Aerospace Human Resources Council, Matrix Industries, Monarch Industries, Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute, Pro-Tek Surface Technologies, Republic Architecture Inc., Seccuris Inc., Solara Remote Data Delivery Inc., Synergy Interior Design, TLG, University of Manitoba and WestCaRD.

"The aerospace sector here in Winnipeg is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity for the entire country and I am so pleased that Minister Finley had the opportunity to sit down, listen to their comments and get their input as we shape our procurement strategy," Bateman said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 23, 2014 B10

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