The NDP leader Thomas Mulcair on his campaign trail on September 8th, 2015 announced his intention to fund the Canadian aerospace industry. He pledges that it will cost Canada $160 million over four years, of course if he wins. The NDP claims, “… the NDP will provide stable, sustainable long term support for Canada’s aerospace industry. Canadian Aerospace innovators and manufacturers need a Prime Minster to be a champion for them on the world stage and I will be that Champion.” Interesting. Why? If Thomas Mulcair, the political opportunist, claims that he can sell jets, perhaps financial aid for the aerospace industry is not so needed. Further, if he thinks that government presence, or his presence, will generate sales then I must say I’m skeptical. Let me explain why I have little confidence in this pledge, it is a $160 million sink hole, in my opinion.
Firstly, I vote. I don’t vote blindly. I do my homework to the best of my ability. I am not a politician, nor news media. I am a citizen, a working parent, a tax payer with an opinion and many views. I share my views. I do my best to analyze the majority of promises made during election time. I may not have all the facts, but I will have enough facts to be comfortable with my vote. I like to think that I do have common sense though. All levels of government affect our families and the communities in which we live. They affect us in many different ways. I believe the Federal Election should not be unnoticed; therefore, let me analyze, contemplate and share my reasons based on my findings, knowledge, dealings with government and my working and business experience.
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair Speaking on Aerospace Economy Boost (Video)
I do my best for the environment. I believe that all environmental initiatives and climate change starts at home. I know that in the world we are living in it is easy to contribute to climate change without even knowing. Emphasizing again, environmental education and initiatives do start at home. We’ve heard the NDP speak about Canada’s need for stronger greenhouse gas reduction plans. I know that the aviation industry impacts climate change with its greenhouse gas emissions. The fact that the NDP party is pledging to fly across the country, then around the world to show support for the aerospace industry is for me a contradiction in the fight against climate change. The NDP also have a plan to choke the aviation industry with a gas tax, a tax that will likely have a negative impact on consumer flying because the aviation industry will pass that tax on to consumers. Good for the environment, but not good for the aviation industry. Someone help me here, I can’t see this single and ONLY NDP pledge contributing to the sustainability of the aerospace industry from an environmental point of view. Who knows how it would materialize into an economic boost; perhaps just creation of temporary jobs.
I’ve worked in the manufacturing industry here in Ontario. I’ve been exposed to many different government funding programs. In fact, the current Federal Conservative Budget 2015 has substantial funding supporting innovation for the manufacturing sector. I understand that there have been changes to some programs over the years for them to be more effective, to prevent industries from helping themselves inappropriately a little too much. Yes, scams, corruption, manipulation of project objectives and accounting may exist in some businesses. The current Conservative government has been enhancing government tools to help guide businesses in smarter spending that is beneficial to the overall being of our Canadian economy. Yes, unfortunately sometimes these enhancements mean less. It appears that MP Thomas Mulcair’s pledge to aerospace is just another re-invented wheel. Similar funding programs and tax credit mechanisms already exist, some for quite a while. Of course they require work and proof of work done. The current Federal Budget 2015 clearly outlines what is available, not just for the aerospace industry: Chapter 3.1 – Supporting the Manufacturing Sector and Investing in Advanced Research.
As our various Canadian industries take advantage of the current government funding mechanisms and apply them accordingly our economy will benefit. Those industries looking for real change should start innovating now. Work, work, work and the rewards will come. Some manufacturing sectors are slowly declining because they don’t change. Manufacturing industries need to change with the constantly changing world, sometimes re-inventing themselves to survive. The needs of yesterday may not be the same needs of today or tomorrow. The Prime Minister is not responsible for your actions, he is responsible to give you opportunities and tools to innovate and to survive. Read the Federal Budget 2015 for your information.
Anna Lozyk Romeo, Editor’s Notes
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