MIRABEL, QC, July 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Premier of Québec, Jean Charest,
and the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, and
Minister of Tourism, Mr. Raymond Bachand, are thrilled about the decision by
the Bombardier Aerospace's board of directors to establish its CSeries
aircraft assembly plant in Mirabel. The Québec government has already given
its support to the project, notably by providing Bombardier with a
reimbursable sum of $117 million for the development of these planes.
"Québec's comparative advantages in aeronautics make it one of the best
places in the world to build planes. It is one of the major players in the
aerospace industry at the global level, and today's announcement confirms its
leadership. Given Québec's assets, I wish to congratulate Bombardier Aerospace
for having selected Québec and express gratitude for the confidence
demonstrated towards our industry and our workers," stated the Premier.
Minister Bachand, who is presently in Farnborough, joined the Premier
and praised the cooperative efforts of governments both in Québec City and
Ottawa in bringing this major project for the Québec aerospace industry to
fruition and pointed out the concessions made by Bombardier workers in Québec
plants. "These workers showed tremendous openness in negotiations with the
company so that Montréal would be the best place to set up the CSeries
assembly line. A significant part of today's successful announcement is thanks
Bombardier is banking on the fact that CSeries planes will provide
exceptional advantages to the airlines: superior operational performance,
increased environmental protection, better servicing throughout the plane's
life cycle, exceptional operational flexibility and superior reliability. The
launch is expected in 2013. This project is excellent news for the 42,000
people currently working in the Québec aerospace industry, including the
12,000 employees at Bombardier Aerospace in Montréal.
"This is a great day for the Québec aerospace industry. A new generation
of commercial planes with leading edge technology will be built in Québec.
Several airlines have already expressed interest in this new series of 110-
and 130-seat planes. The fallout for industry growth will be extremely
positive. Close to 1,000 people will work in developing the CSeries until
2013. Subsequently, during the production phase, which will be spread out over
20 years, up to 3,500 jobs could be created at Bombardier. It is expected that
companies associated with the project will set up shop in Québec in order to
carry out their operations close to the assembly site. I will use my stay in
Farnborough to assert to these companies the advantages of locating in
Québec," added Minister Bachand.
The Québec Aeronautical Industry Development Strategy launched by the
government in 2006 is based on Québec's many competitive advantages in the
field of aeronautics, including a skilled workforce, research and development,
and the expertise of the project managers, the component manufacturers and a
network of some 220 small- and medium-sized businesses. The development of the
CSeries will strengthen the Québec aerospace industry for at least 20 years.
Minister Bachand is leading a delegation of more than 50 representatives
of the Québec aerospace industry at the 46th Farnborough International Airshow
in England until July 16. The purpose of the mission is to reinforce Québec's
position, and especially Montréal's, as one of the most important global
players in the aerospace industry.
For further information:
For further information: Hugo D'amours, Press Secreatary, Office of the
Premier, (418) 643-5321; Manuela Goya, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister
of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, and Minister of Tourism,