Phil's Editorials
Conservative Support for Manufacturing

February 09, 2015

Only our Conservative Government is committed to Canada’s manufacturing sector and to real measures to support it.  Since we came to office, we’ve taken action to support manufacturing and all the jobs it supports in Southwestern Ontario and across Canada.

Unfortunately, not all parties agree with this approach.  The leader of the Liberal Party even said, while visiting London, that the region is “transitioning away from a manufacturing-based employment” and should find a future in other sectors.

But giving up on a key sector is not the way to create jobs or promote long-term prosperity.  Giving up and declaring defeat is the wrong thing to do – particularly when that attitude is contradicted by the facts.

In Ontario, for example, manufacturing sales are up 41% from the global recession.  This is success that should be encouraged, not a sign that it’s time to give up!

In fact, our Conservative Government has worked hard to support the manufacturing jobs so many Canadians rely on.  That includes supporting the infrastructure that communities and businesses rely on, so it’s easier for manufacturers to get their goods to market.  It includes, over just the last year, tripling the number of countries with which Canada has free trade agreements, to open up new export opportunities.  And it includes measures specifically aimed at manufacturing.

For example, it’s our Government, through FedDev Ontario, that partnered with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) to help manufacturers in Southern Ontario adopt advanced technologies and enhance productivity.  And we awarded a $287 million contract to a London-area contractor to upgrade Light Armoured Vehicles, which will better protect members of the Canadian Armed Forces.  And we’ve made it easier for businesses to invest in new manufacturing equipment, so they can remain competitive.

Locally, our conservative government has helped businesses accelerate their expansion plans, innovate, purchase equipment and create more quality jobs in Brant with over $50 million in funding, since 2008. Funds received by businesses are in the form of repayable loans, which are in turn, returned to taxpayers after the project is completed.

Our support has not gone unrecognized.  Jason Myers, president of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, said that “Many of the programs the Conservative Government has put in place do support manufacturing, and do it very well.”

Our Government will continue to support manufacturing, and job creation throughout the economy.  Canada’s job-creation record is the best in the G7, and we’re working to help make sure we stay on track for more jobs and greater prosperity.