Question to Minister Bains on Linamar Innovation Funding

January 31, 2018

Mr. Lloyd Longfield (Guelph, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Canada's automotive sector employs over half a million Canadians. From coast to coast to coast, we have 700 automotive parts suppliers. I was pleased to take part in recent investments in Guelph to Linamar Corporation that employs 9,300 Canadians in 24 operations. Could the Minister of Innovation please expand on how the government is working to ensure our automotive sector will continue to be at the forefront of innovation and to create good paying jobs for Canadians?

Hon. Navdeep Bains (Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member forGuelph for his hard work, his advocacy, and his commitment to the automotive sector. He is absolutely correct. Our government is committed to the automotive sector. That is why we launched the strategic innovation fund to attract investment. I was pleased to be alongside him when we invested $49 million for Linamar. This will help create 1,500 new jobs. These are full-time, good quality jobs and this underscores our commitment to supporting the middle class and those working hard to join it.