CADSI Applauds the Government's Release of the "Canada First Defence Strategy"

    OTTAWA, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of Defence and
Security Industries (CADSI) is pleased to note yesterday's release of the
Conservative Government's Canada First Defence Strategy which includes a
commitment to a renewed relationship with Canada's defence industry.
    "Canadian industry is encouraged to hear that the government recognizes
the vital importance of the Canadian Defence Industry at a time of significant
investment in the Canadian military", said Tim Page, CADSI President.
    CADSI calls on the government to follow up yesterday's announcement with
concrete steps that will allow Canadian companies to participate fully in all
of the defence acquisitions announced in the Strategy document. "Revitalizing
our military is a key element in Canada's ability to defend and promote its
sovereign interests. So too is a viable domestic defence industry. The two go
hand in hand", Page added. "Canadian industry is capable, competitive and
eager to supply, support and service Canada's military requirements with
world-class technologies."
    Concrete measures that serve to create greater synergies between Canadian
industry and the federal government will be good news for the military and
good news for the Canadian economy.

    CADSI represents 690 domestically-based, technology-oriented companies
that supply, support and service Canada's military and security forces with
world-class solutions to meet their needs. Canada's defence and security
industries generate over $10 billion a year in military and security sales,
50% of which come from international customers. The industries support 70,000
high-tech jobs in Canada and operate facilities in every province.

For further information:

For further information: Tim Page, (o) (613) 235-5337 x 24, (cell) (613)

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