McGuinty Government Supporting Jobs And Opportunity

    Centre For International Governance Innovation Studying International
    Markets And Climate Change Impacts

    WATERLOO, ON, June 25 /CNW/ - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today
announced that the government is investing $17 million to help the Centre for
International Governance Innovation (CIGI) produce economic research that
helps businesses expand and create jobs.
    "Ontario businesses can compete - and win - in any market in the world,"
said Premier McGuinty. "This funding will help CIGI to provide our companies -
both large and small - with the critical information they need to capitalize
on opportunities around the world. That will help them create good jobs, here
at home."
    James Balsillie, Chairman of CIGI's operating board and Co-Chief
Executive Officer of Research in Motion, is donating $17 million to this
project. The government is matching this amount.
    "There is a shifting of power in international affairs, and we have a
need for strong institutions to help shape future trends and global
decisions," Balsillie said. "This funding enables long-term substantive study
on the issues of our time. I am happy to be working in partnership with the
Ontario government, on this project."
    "In just a few short years, CIGI has emerged as one of the province's
leading research institutions," said Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy. "As
well as helping to position our province in the new global economy, this
announcement recognizes Waterloo Region's importance as one of Ontario's key
centres of innovation."
    CIGI produces research, analysis and advice on global issues affecting
Ontario. The research will be distributed to government ministries, agencies,
businesses and the general public throughout Ontario. Some areas of research
focus include:

    -   How communities around the world are meeting their energy needs and
        doing their part to protect the environment and address climate
    -   Economic growth and trade in emerging economies like India and China,
        and the opportunities for Ontario exporters
    -   Ontario's relationship with the Caribbean region, with an emphasis on
        opportunities for enhanced partnerships through trade.

    "This funding builds the capacity of CIGI to conduct research in areas of
fundamental importance to Ontario's international presence," said John
English, Executive Director of CIGI.
    "In today's hyper-competitive economy, we cannot sit back and wait for
the world to come to us. We have to get out there and compete for jobs and
investment for our people," said Premier McGuinty. "Today's announcement will
help us move forward, attract investment and create jobs and opportunity for
Ontario families."

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