Montréal, Quebec, April 29, 2013 — The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today hosted a workshop in Montréal to engage Canadian industry representatives on the Harper Government’s commitment to better leverage military procurement to support jobs, and long-term economic growth and prosperity.
“Our Government is committed to supporting the Canadian Armed Forces, Canadian workers, and the Canadian economy,” said Minister Ambrose. “Our Government will continue to leverage military procurement, in consultation with industry, to maximize job creation, support Canadian manufacturing capabilities and innovation, and bolster economic growth in Canada.”
Participants worked together to identify areas of Canadian competitiveness, as well as trends in global demand and supply in defence-related industries to better leverage military procurement. As highlighted by Economic Action Plan 2013, the Harper Government will expedite analysis of Mr. Tom Jenkins’ report, entitled Canada First: Leveraging Defence Procurement Through Key Industrial Capabilities, by selecting a series of interim key industrial capabilities (KICs) to help guide upcoming defence procurement projects.
The Harper Government remains focused on what matters to Canadians—jobs, growth and long-term economic prosperity. It is estimated that every billion dollars in defence and security spending creates or sustains 18,000 jobs and creates $710 million in Gross Domestic Product. The Harper Government is committed to ensuring that military spending supports Canadians and the economy. Canada’s defence and security industries employ over 90,000 Canadians, over 42,000 in the province of Quebec alone.