June 26, 1980 (32nd Parliament, 1st Session)


Lloyd Axworthy (Minister responsible for the Status of Women; Minister of Employment and Immigration)


Mr. Axworthy:

Mr. Chairman, I am pleased to answer that question. It is not exactly within the confines of a discussion of the employment tax credit, but because of our mutual interest in our home province I would be prepared to answer that.
I think it is fair to say at this point in time that the negotiations and discussions on the allocation of contracts for the aerospace industry are in process. The presentation by a number of the major contractors is just now going forward to the interdepartmental committee which has been put together to make assessments of different proposals. As the hon. member pointed out, both Bristol Aircraft and Standard Aero, which are well-founded and well-established companies, have made proposals in those areas. They are part of a number of proposals which are being considered by the major contractors and by the government itself.
I welcome the hon. member's support and encouragement. It is my intention to support and encourage the allocation of work where there is the beginning of an aerospace industry, and I think I can tell the hon. member that there is some progress in those negotiations, but I would not want to make any specific announcements because no decisions have yet been taken on much of that work.

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