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AIAC salutes Government’s commitment to industry

January 14, 2011  By Carey Fredericks

Jan. 14, 2011, Ottawa - The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) today thanked Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his government's commitment to the creation of highly skilled and value-added jobs in Montréal's aerospace sector.

Ranked fifth largest in the world, the aerospace Industry in Canada
directly employs more than 80,000 Canadians from coast-to-coast and over
150,000 Canadians through indirect and induced employment, according to
a comprehensive study concluded by Deloitte consulting last fall.  In
addition, more than 45 per cent of direct aerospace jobs are located in
the greater Montréal area which is home to the third largest aerospace
industry cluster in the world.

"Our expertise makes us the envy of the world.  Moreover, the daily
achievements of the women and men working in this sector are crucial to
our world leadership in several sub-sectors throughout the aerospace
value-chain," stated Dr. Claude Lajeunesse, President and CEO of the
AIAC.  Mr. Lajeunesse went on to note, "we are also very pleased with
the Prime Minister's recognition of the importance of our industry as a
provider of high paying, knowledge economy and advanced manufacturing
jobs, not only here in Montréal but all acrossCanada."

Making the most of the government's decision to acquire 65 Joint Strike
Fighters is critical to the future creation of high-quality aerospace
jobs in the Montréal area. "The AIAC remains committed to realizing the
benefits of this important procurement decision. Outstanding
opportunities for Canadian industry are developing as we speak. We
encourage all stakeholders, including Members of Parliament in the
greater Montréal area, to work with the industry, so that together, we
can make the most of those opportunities." concluded Dr Lajeunesse.



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