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Manitoba MPs discuss military procurement

August 25, 2014  By The Winnipeg Free Press

Aug. 25, 2014, Winnipeg - Public Works Minister Diane Finley and MP Joyce Bateman (Winnipeg South Centre) met with members of Manitoba's aerospace industry in Winnipeg Friday to discuss defence procurement and the new Defence Procurement Strategy (DPS).

"Canada's aerospace industry contributes significantly to Canada's GDP.
That's why it is so important to support the Canadian industry and hear
directly from business owners of their experiences in dealing with
government," Finley said.

Six months after the launch of the DPS, the aerospace industry
provided their feedback on the strategy's three main objectives: to
deliver the right equipment to the Canadian Armed Forces and the
Canadian Coast Guard in a timely manner; to leverage purchases of
defence equipment to create jobs and economic growth in Canada; and to
streamline the defence procurement processes.

"Canada's new Defence Procurement
Strategy is the largest fundamental transformation in procurement in
the past 30 years, and it is critical that industry remain engaged in
helping us implement its elements and also improve," Finley said.

Finley and Bateman were joined by the
following companies: Boeing Canada, Cadorath Uniflyte Ltd.,The
Composites Innovation Centre, Cormer Aerospace, Custom Steel
Manufacturing Ltd., EMTEQ, EnviroTREC, Executive Aviation Services,
InfoMagnetics Technologies, Kelowna Flightcraft Allied, Magellan
Aerospace, Manitoba Aerospace Association, Manitoba Aerospace Human
Resources Council, Matrix Industries, Monarch Industries, Prairie
Agricultural Machinery Institute, Pro-Tek Surface Technologies, Republic
Architecture Inc., Seccuris Inc., Solara Remote Data Delivery Inc.,
Synergy Interior Design, TLG, University of Manitoba and WestCaRD.


"The aerospace sector here in
Winnipeg is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity for
the entire country and I am so pleased that Minister Finley had the
opportunity to sit down, listen to their comments and get their input as
we shape our procurement strategy," Bateman said.


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