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Premier Wynne at MDA Robotics Talking High-Skilled Jobs

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Brampton's MDA robotics factory (MacDonald, Dettwilier and Associates Ltd.) to talk about her clear plan to create more well-paying jobs in Ontario.

The plan includes investments in people's education, skills and training and a $2.5 billion Jobs and Prosperity Fund to partner with key industries and bring good jobs to the province over the next ten years.

In 2006, the Liberal government partnered with the Brampton-based MDA to jointly fund a collaborative research and development partnership between MDA, the University of Toronto, and Queen's University in Kingston.

By choosing not to support the Budget, the Hudak PCs and Andrea Horwath’s NDP are providing voters with a clear choice.  Voters will choose between Kathleen Wynne’s clear jobs plan or the reckless Hudak PCs who would take Ontario down a path to a low wage, low growth economy. The NDP schemes that would threaten Ontario's recovery and take our province along a path toward a low-wage economy.


"In a fiercely competitive world, we cannot be idle.  We have to be willing to compete. We need to be aggressive and creative in striking partnerships. If we don't invest in smart partnerships and instead were to cut the way Tim Hudak suggests, jobs would leave the province. We simply cannot expect to keep Ontario competitive but then pretend we’re not in a competition"

- Premier Kathleen Wynne


Quick Facts: 

  • MDA is the reason Canada is leading the world in space robotics - from the Canadarm to the technology aboard the Curiosity Rover on Mars today, MDA has made the last thirty years of made space exploration and discovery possible
  • Canada is currently the world's fifth-largest aerospace power, with 700 aeronautics and space companies generating $22 billion in annual revenues and directly employing 66,000 people. An estimated 25 per cent of those jobs are in Ontario.
  • In the past year, Ontario created nearly 100,000 new jobs.  Employment numbers are more than 190,000 above the pre-recession peak
  • In October 2013, the Ontario government stepped forward, committing $26 million to help fund a partnership between Centennial College and Bombardier.


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Rebecca MacKenzie