McGuinty Government Welcomes Auto Jobs And Investment
Honda Plans To Build Sport Utility Trucks In Ontario
TORONTO -- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today welcomed Honda Canada Manufacturing's announcement that it will build sport utility trucks for the North American market in Alliston.
"This investment is great news for the families who benefit from these jobs, for the local businesses who benefit from spinoff opportunities and for Ontario -- a world-class manufacturer has just given our province a resounding vote of confidence," said Premier McGuinty.
"As this announcement shows, Ontario's economy is strong. We have skilled workers, a competitive climate and we're poised for the solid growth that will help us achieve real, positive change."
Ontario's auto industry represents the largest manufacturing sector in the province. The sector directly employs more than 140,000 people and generates another 191,000 jobs in spinoff activities.
Honda's Alliston plant is a flexible manufacturing facility that will be re-tooled to begin production of its new sport utility truck. This unique product will roll off the line for the 2005 model year.
"Auto manufacturing is a vital industry for Ontario, but the previous government failed to make the commitment that was needed," said Economic Development and Trade Minister Joseph Cordiano. "Our government will work with the auto industry to keep our most important manufacturing industry prosperous and help support a higher quality of life for all."
Premier McGuinty also highlighted his government's commitment to attracting further investments by working in partnership with the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council, a group made up of labour, industry, provincial and federal government representatives that is working to create a new automotive sector strategy for Canada.