Ottawa listens to the regions and supports regional economic stakeholders

RIMOUSKI, QC, April 26 /CNW Telbec/ - "A Liberal government will revise the role and function of the Canada Economic Development for Quebec regions (CED) agency so that it provide Quebec's regions with a single gateway to access the federal government's various programs and services for economic development," said Marc Garneau, representative of the Liberal leader in Quebec, as he was joined in Rimouski today by Denis Coderre, candidate in the riding of  Bourassa, Pierre Cadieux, candidate in Rimouski—Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques, and Nancy Charest, candidate in Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia.

"Finally, the time has come to make a change!", exclaimed Pierre Cadieux and Nancy Charest. "We have been travelling throughout our ridings and everywhere we hear the same thing: people have opinions and ideas and they want them to be heard and listened to. We are proud to represent a political party that recognizes the regions' ability to be the prime managers of their own economic development."

A Liberal government will reorganize the functions of the CED around three main areas. The department will: 

  • become a one-stop shop for all business and regional economic development services offered by the federal government;
  • be entrusted to take part in the definition of economic priorities in each region in collaboration with provincial representatives and local economic stakeholders, and to ensure that future federal initiatives reflect that definition;
  • coordinate and make federal expertise available to the regions whenever a crisis or a disaster such as the 1996 Saguenay flood or the 1998 ice storm happens.

"With its 14 offices, the CED already plays a role in Quebec's regional economies, but this doesn't quite make it a full partner ," added Denis Coderre. "From now on, in preparation of its programs, each three years the department will have to formally consult the provincial government and all the regional economic stakeholders. The time when everybody was planning individually has come to an end. We need to sit down together and decide what each individual contribution to regional development will be. What we are proposing today is to give the regions a say in the definition and administration of the Government of Canada's services."


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