Action plan for the manufacturing sector: a positive step

    MONTREAL, Nov. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Trade of Metropolitan
Montreal welcomes the implementation by the Quebec Government of an action
plan for the manufacturing sector.
    "In recent years, manufacturing companies in the metropolitan area and
throughout Quebec have had to deal with a particularly demanding economic
environment. This has been a difficult period for many of them, but it has
also provided a unique opportunity to invest in their competitiveness. In our
opinion, the Quebec Government has fully grasped both the urgent need to help
our companies navigate this difficult period and the opportunity we now have
to make them even stronger," declared Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of the
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
    "For these reasons, we welcome the action plan unveiled today by Premier
Jean Charest and Ministers Raymond Bachand and Monique Jérôme-Forget. We
believe that by helping companies invest in their own strengths - either by
upgrading facilities or through continuing education, innovation, or
sustainable development - the government is making a positive step that will
benefit us not just today but also over the medium and long term," concluded

    The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its
primary mission is to represent the interests of the business community of
Greater Montreal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses
of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their
full potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The
Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.

For further information:

For further information: Julie Gosselin, Coordinator, Communications,
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, (514) 871-4000, ext. 4047,

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