As the MLA for Radisson, it is my honour to work on behalf of my constituents on what matters most to them, including the creation of well-paid jobs right here in east Winnipeg.
Many Radisson constituents work in manufacturing as business owners, employees and entrepreneurs, so when our companies prosper, so do our families. We are committed to driving the economy forward sustainably, so that together we can build a strong and prosperous Manitoba.
Export outside of Manitoba presents valuable opportunities for small business owners, but I recognize that this is not an easy task. Having been an entrepreneur myself, I can assure businesses from our community, and in particular from the St. Boniface Industrial Park, that they can benefit from these opportunities. That’s why I am a strong advocate for local businesses and entrepreneurs to think outside of the traditional North American market.
Given Manitoba’s and, more importantly, St. Boniface’s strategic advantage in agriculture and agri-food technology, we offer a great deal to the world. This is particularly true for our trade with countries such as India, whose consumer preferences are rapidly changing due to an expanding middle class.
I was recently invited to be a plenary speaker at the Regina Round Table on Agri-Food Business, which gave me an opportunity to share how our food processing industry can collaborate and work in India. I want to thank the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce for organizing their timely conference. I was pleased to be a part of this important conversation on promoting economic development and trade between Manitoba and India.
Another good example of our work to support new trade opportunities for Manitoba is in the heavy vehicle manufacturing industry. This sector is developing many noteworthy projects that will help us stay competitive and generate jobs, including a new aluminum, bulk-haul trailer built by Lode King Industries. Also, the Transcona-based New Flyer Industries is now developing a new, all-electric, battery-powered transit bus together with a consortium of Manitoba partners, including the Government of Manitoba, Red River College and Manitoba Hydro along with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and with the support of the Vehicle Technology Centre.
Businesses in Radisson and east Winnipeg are leading the way in innovation and quality, which helps build a stronger economy for us all. If entrepreneurs want more information, they can contact Manitoba Trade or my constituency office at 204-222-0074 to capitalize on new trade opportunities.