CAW Economist Appointed Vice-Chair of Ontario Manufacturing Council



    TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ - CAW Economist Jim Stanford was appointed today as
one of two vice-chairs of the new Ontario Manufacturing Council. The
announcement was made in the provincial legislature by Sandra Pupatello,
Ontario's Minister of Economic Development and Trade. The other vice-chair is
Jayson Myers, President of the Canadian Manufactures & Exporters.
    The Council's mandate is to report to the provincial government with
recommendations on investment, innovation, trade, market development, energy
and environment, and human resources and regulatory issues that affect the
global competitiveness of Ontario's manufacturing sector. The vice-chair
positions are voluntary.
    "As both an economist and a trade unionist, I believe passionately that
manufacturing matters to our future economic and social well-being," said
Stanford. "Manufacturing generates unique benefits for our productivity, our
incomes, and our trade performance. And our policies must reflect that
importance."
    Manufacturing in Ontario, and across Canada, has been hard-hit in recent
years by a combination of the rising Canadian dollar, growing trade
imbalances, and restructuring in the auto industry and other key sectors. Over
the past year, the CAW's "Manufacturing Matters" campaign has helped to focus
the attention of local communities and political leaders on the challenges
facing manufacturing, and the necessity for both federal and provincial
governments to play an active role in retaining and strengthening
manufacturing jobs.
    Stanford acknowledged that most of the difficulties facing manufacturing
(such as the dollar and trade deficits) have arisen at the national and global
levels, but stressed that the provincial government has the power to make a
positive difference. "I look forward to working with Jayson Myers, the
Minister, and other manufacturing stakeholders to develop pragmatic policy
ideas that could make a real difference to Ontario's most important industry.
We will build on the success of past initiatives like Ontario's auto
investment strategy."
    "Our union has played a crucial role in focusing attention on the
continuing need for a strong manufacturing industry," said Buzz Hargrove,
President of the CAW. "The work of the Ontario Manufacturing Council will be
very important to all industry stakeholders as we grapple with the daunting
challenges before us."





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For further information: Angelo DiCaro, CAW Communications, (416)
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