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CME congratulates PC Party on decisive election win, and calls on new Premier to work with industry to develop a comprehensive manufacturing strategy for Ontario

Published by Stefi Proulx on June 07, 2018

OTTAWA (June 07, 2018) -- Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters congratulates newly elected Premier Doug Ford and, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.

“CME is looking forward to working with the new government to encourage economic growth in Ontario,” said Dennis Darby, President & CEO of CME. “The Progressive Conservative party has a strong track record of recognizing the importance of the manufacturing sector as well as supporting the growth of industry across the province.”

“Ontario’s future prosperity depends on our strong manufacturing capabilities and ability to compete. Unfortunately, the sector is struggling under the weight of a range of policy and regulatory burdens. The result has been a steady decline in the strength and competitiveness of Ontario manufacturing,” added Darby.  “We are committed to entering a productive partnership with Premier Ford and his team to create a manufacturing strategy that is strong, coordinated, and one that will bring sustained growth and prosperity for our businesses and our communities.”

“Almost one-third of all economic activity and jobs across the province is linked to manufacturing, which is at risk if we fail to invest, innovate, grow and compete. A manufacturing strategy is critical to the success of this new government,” stated Darby. 

During the election campaign, CME launched Manufacturing Matters, a digital advocacy campaign voicing the need for a manufacturing strategy. The campaign gathered thousands of supporters. 

About the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters:

Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and thrive around the world. In 2016, CME released Industrie 2030 - a roadmap for doubling Canadian manufacturing activity by 2030. Our focus is to ensure the sector is dynamic, profitable, productive, innovative and growing. We aim to do this by strengthening the labour force, accelerating the adoption of advanced technology, supporting product commercialization, expanding marketplaces and, most importantly, ensuring a globally-competitive business environment. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada's exports.


For more information, please contact:

Stefi Proulx
Director of Communications & Branding 
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters



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