Harper Government Promotes Canadian Manufacturing Expertise in London, Ontario

Opening new markets is key to bringing new high-quality jobs and new sources of growth and prosperity to Southwestern Ontario, says Minister Ed Fast

July 29, 2013 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, accompanied by members of Parliament Susan Truppe (London North Centre) and Ed Holder (London West), today met with representatives of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada while visiting the company’s cutting-edge manufacturing facilities.

“Our government continues to focus on creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity by opening new markets around the world for innovative exporters like those here in London,” said Minister Fast. “By supporting businesses and workers through the most ambitious trade expansion plan in Canada’s history, we are ensuring that the right services, support and policies are in place to foster innovation, attract investment and keep communities like those in London and throughout Southwestern Ontario vibrant, prosperous and strong.”

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is a world leader in light armoured vehicle (LAV) platforms and subsystem integration in the defence industry.

According to a 2011 KPMG LLP study, the Canadian defence and security industrial base consists of more than 2,000 firms, with the industry generating a total of $12.6 billion of economic activity annually.

“As one of the few Canadian defence companies that is a major platform provider and developer of intellectual property, we are very pleased to have the opportunity to showcase our world-class Canadian technology being produced right here in London,” said Danny Deep, Vice-President of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. “With 80 percent of our business generated from exports, international contracts are critical to our future success. We appreciate the active role the Government of Canada has taken to help us expand our reach into overseas markets.”

During his remarks in London, Minister Fast provided an overview of the Harper government’s pro-trade plan and outlined efforts to open new markets, noting that the government is pursuing trade talks with some of the largest, most dynamic and fastest-growing economies in the world, including India, Japan, the European Union and the countries that make up the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

“In these challenging economic times, where serious threats outside our borders remain, Canadians can count on our government continuing to focus on growing the economy and helping workers and businesses find success in global markets,” said Minister Fast. “Working with our leading-edge companies, we will create skilled local jobs in London and in communities across the country.”

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Minister of International Trade
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