Ramsay To Review Challenges Facing Manufacturers

    Veteran MPP Also Named Parliamentary Assistant To The Premier

    QUEEN'S PARK, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP David Ramsay will
review the competitiveness challenges facing Ontario's small- and medium-sized
manufacturers and propose near-term policies to address these challenges,
Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today.
    "No one is more qualified than David Ramsay to get to the heart of the
challenges facing our manufacturers and propose some solutions," said the
Premier. "He brings a unique perspective gained from helping the forestry
sector and manufacturing-based communities in northern Ontario respond to
global competitive pressures."
    Ramsay served as Minister of Natural Resources and Minister Responsible
for Aboriginal Affairs in the government's first term. He was first elected to
the legislature in 1985. He has been appointed as Premier McGuinty's
Parliamentary Assistant.
    "The Premier is committed to forging a bright and prosperous future for
Ontario's manufacturers and I am honoured to help him achieve that goal," said
Ramsay. "I share his concern for the workers, families and communities that
are going through difficult times, and I share his determination to help
Ontario's manufacturers succeed."
    Ontario's manufacturers have faced several challenges recently, including
increasing global competition, a rapidly rising Canadian dollar, high interest
rates and slowing economic growth in the United States.
    Ramsay will review the current competitive challenges and drivers facing
Ontario's manufacturers, particularly small- to medium-sized firms, examine
how other jurisdictions have responded and propose measures to assist
manufacturing-based communities, including smaller (less than 25,000
residents) and northern communities.
    "We're standing up for our manufacturers and the men and women who rely
on this sector to feed their families and build opportunity for their kids,"
said the Premier. "That's why I look forward to David's best advice on how we
can help a new generation of Ontario manufacturers take on the world and win."

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