Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

October 07, 2011 13:12 ET

CME Extends Congratulations to Premier McGuinty, Urges Action on the Economy

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2011) - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) congratulates Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberal Party on forming a third consecutive government, but urges swift action to ensure the economy is a top priority in the 40th sitting of the Legislative Assembly.

On behalf of the one million Ontarians employed in the manufacturing and exporting sectors, CME has submitted a five-point plan to create a more globally competitive province and protect the standard of living its residents expect and enjoy.

"This is a critical time as the economy emerges from deep recession," explains Ian Howcroft, vice president, CME Ontario. "We must continually strive to improve Ontario as the preferred destination for investment; and we ask all MPPs heading to Queen╩╝s Park to work with job creators to institute progressive policies and a sound strategy for growth."

The plan outlines the need for stable, competitively priced energy; lower taxes for companies investing in new products and technologies; increased investment in people and skills; streamlined regulations; and, expanded infrastructure.

"We commend the government for its past commitment to business and workers alike," says Howcroft. "However, we need to do more and move forward. These recommendations address the very foundation of Canada╩╝s new economy, and lay a vision for Ontario that will solidify our position as a leader on the world stage."

To learn more about CME╩╝s five-point plan, visit http://bit.ly/ontarioelection.

About CME

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada╩╝s leading trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.

CME focuses on the issues that are most critical to our members - manufacturing competitiveness, US business opportunities, international markets, people and skills, energy and the environment. Their challenges are our priorities. We offer solutions for our members through our leadership in: CME Advocacy, CME Intelligence, CME Business Opportunities, CME Best Practices and CME Networking.

Since 1871, we have made a difference for Canada╩╝s manufacturing and exporting communities. Fighting for their future. Saving them money. Helping them grow.

The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME╩╝s members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada╩╝s leading business network, CME – through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

CME╩╝s membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of all exports.

Contact Information

  • Ian Howcroft
    Vice President, CME Ontario
    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
    905-672-3466 ext. 3256
    ian.howcroft@cme-mec.ca