AIAC congratulates new federal Procurement Minister, new Associate Minister of National Defence

August 28, 2017

Ottawa (Ontario) Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled the federal cabinet. The Honourable Carla Qualtrough was named as Minister of Public Services and Procurement after former Minister Judy Foote announced her resignation from cabinet last week. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan was named Minister of Veterans and Associate Minister of National Defence. The full list of today’s appointments is available here.

Jim Quick, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, issued the following statement in response to today’s appointments:

On behalf of the Board and members of AIAC, I would like to congratulate Ministers Qualtrough and O’Regan their appointments.

With major procurement initiatives underway and on the horizon, Minister Qualtrough will be responsible for leading a procurement process that delivers the right equipment for our armed forces and creates economic opportunity and growth for Canadian industry. We look forward to working with her to ensure a strong, constructive, and ongoing partnership with industry in pursuit of these goals.

We also extend our full support to Minister O’Regan as he joins Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in implementing Canada’s new defence policy. The defence policy includes significant opportunities for enhancing engagement with industry, and we look forward to working with him to continue the partnership that exists between industry and government for the benefit of our armed forces, their families, and all Canadians.

About AIAC:
AIAC is the national association representing Canada’s aerospace manufacturing and services sector.  As the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, Canada’s aerospace sector contributes nearly $28B to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over 20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is responsible for the employment of 208,000 Canadians.

Media contacts:
Kristen VanderHoek
Senior Director, Communications & Marketing
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
(613) 232-4297 x225
kvanderhoek@aiac.ca