As MLA for Radisson, I am very thankful to the hardworking businesses and people who create a vibrant economic environment in our communities.
I am proud to witness the business spirit, in particular, in the small to medium-sized businesses located here in the St. Boniface Industrial Park.
Small to medium-sized businesses create a majority of jobs in Canada, which is why the provincial government has eliminated the small business tax.
My background before I was elected has been mostly as a business executive. As such, I am a strong advocate for the business community in Manitoba. For the past several years, I have been working to develop business in Manitoba and in particular to attract business to the St. Boniface Industrial Park. The Industrial Park has ideal facilities, infrastructure and access to highways for transportation and movement of goods.
I have also been working with Premier Selinger and with Manitoba businesses to expand Manitoba’s scope beyond North America and build bilateral trade with Brazil, Russia, India and China. In the past two years, Manitoba’s exports to these countries have increased by over 400% in the past decade.
Manitoba firms are contributing to our growing relationship with India in a variety of ways. During our Trade Mission, Radisson’s own AmbuTech, a leading manufacturer of mobility aids for the blind and visually impaired, made a generous charitable donation of canes to the Blind People’s Association in Ahmedabad.
Maintaining healthy relationships between our governments and businesses is vital for our future shared prosperity. We will continue to foster these relationships and make Manitoba a hub of industry.
In fact, earlier this month, your provincial government renewed support for Manitoba’s heavy vehicles manufacturers through a grant of $500,000 to the Vehicle Technology Centre. Manitoba’s heavy vehicle manufacturing industry has created more than 6,500 jobs and exports about a billion dollars annually. Our community is home to two of North America’s largest heavy vehicle manufacturers —New Flyer Industries and Buhler Industries, which manufacture buses and tractors, respectively.
Thanks to the provincial government, investments and the hard work done by fellow Manitobans and by institutions like the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Yes Winnipeg and our new World Trade Centre Winnipeg, Manitoba’s economy is continuing to grow and flourish.