Quebec counting on aerospace for economic leadership

"The aerospace industry is 40,000 jobs in a sector that's a research leader," Quebec Economy, Science and Innovation Minister Dominique Anglade told a luncheon meeting of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. "It's highly strategic for us."

“The aerospace industry is 40,000 jobs in a sector that’s a research leader,” Quebec Economy, Science and Innovation Minister Dominique Anglade told a luncheon meeting of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. “It’s highly strategic for us.” JACQUES BOISSINOT / THE CANADIAN PRESS

PAUL DELEAN, MONTREAL GAZETTE

Calling aerospace as vital to Quebec as automotive is to Ontario, provincial cabinet minister Dominique Anglade on Monday unveiled the government’s new blueprint for development of the industry over the next decade.

“The aerospace industry is 40,000 jobs in a sector that’s a research leader,” she told a luncheon meeting of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. “It’s highly strategic for us.”

The government needed a new aerospace strategy because the industry has evolved significantly in the last decade. said Anglade, minister of the economy, science and innovation.

In addition to trying to attract more industry leaders to the province, where they’d join established heavyweights Bombardier, Bell Helicopter, Pratt & Whitney and CAE, Quebecwill attempt to interest foreign suppliers and help small businesses here adapt, modernize and expand to take a bigger role in the aerospace supply chain, not just in Quebec but internationally.

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