BAIE-COMEAU – The federal Minister of Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, is currently visiting the North Shore to make some announcements of an economic nature. She also took advantage of her visit to lighten the Liberal Party of Canada (PLC) candidate in the next election.
M me Lebouthillier began his North Shore tour Friday morning Essipit Innu community enclave in the village of Escoumins, to announce a $ 285 $ 308 which will be devoted to a pilot project to develop and test a new system information on maritime activities.
This system, which will be accessible on the web, will provide near real time data on maritime traffic, weather conditions and marine protected areas. The Innu Essipit First Nation Council, one of the 10 aboriginal communities in Canada to participate in this pilot project, is one of 10 aboriginal businesses in Canada.
Stimulate the export
Later in the afternoon, the member for Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine stopped in Baie-Comeau to unveil a federal contribution of $ 411,000 to Commerce International Côte-Nord, the regional organization of Export Promotion (ORPEX), in particular to increase the exports of North Coast companies.
One of ORPEX’s objectives is to make SMEs aware of the growth potential offered by exports, a reflex that is far from being rooted in the DNA of regional companies, agrees the director of International Trade Côte-Nord.
“More and more businesses in the region are becoming aware of the importance of exporting, but the North Shore, despite its potential, still has a lot of work to do on this side,” said Mohamed. Qasimi.
The Mayor of Baie-Comeau, Yves Montigny, echoed the same. “Instead of just supplying big companies like Alcoa and Resolute Forest Products, SMEs need to explore other markets, which they did not necessarily need to do before,” he said after praising the municipality’s export assets, such as its geographic location and year-round ice-free seaport.
Later in the evening, Diane Lebouthillier took part in a partisan activity to formalize the candidacy of Dave Savard as candidate of the PLC at the October poll in the riding of Manicouagan, which will change its name for Côte-Nord at that time. Mr. Savard, who has already tried to win nominations at the provincial level, is a professor of philosophy at CEGEP Baie-Comeau.
On Saturday, the Minister of Revenue will be in Sept-Îles for an announcement related to the North Shore Book Fair, which is in full swing until Sunday. On the way back, she will make a stop in Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive, in Charlevoix, for an announcement related to the National Strategy for Shipbuilding.