Archived—Minister Clement attends the Canadian and North American International Auto Shows

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The automotive industry in Canada is competitive, healthy and breaking new ground. This is a measure of the Government of Canada's success through the Economic Action Plan and the restructuring financing provided to the automotive industry in Canada.

The Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS)

On February 18, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, attended the Canadian International Auto Show, in Toronto. His tour focused on the five manufacturers currently assembling vehicles in Canada: General Motors Company, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Honda Motor Company.

The CIAS is the largest Canadian auto show and most prestigious consumer event in Canada. It is a major tourist attraction in Ontario, bringing in an average of 300,000 visitors. Primarily focused on products available to consumers, there were about 125 exhibitors displaying 1,000 vehicles.

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

 Minister Clement and Alan Mulally, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company.

On January 11, 2011, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, attended the North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, Michigan to highlight the encouraging progress made by Canada's auto sector since the economic downturn. While at the show, Minister Clement viewed made-in-Canada automotive products and vehicles.

Minister Clement and Alan Mulally, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company.

Source: Gary Malerba

In January, Minister Clement attended the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan.

Commonly referred to as the Detroit Auto Show, the event took place from January 10 to 23, 2011 and brought together automotive dealers and professionals representing almost 1,000 companies from across the industry.

The Minister toured the NAIAS floor alongside Michael Robinet, Vice-President, Global Vehicle Forecasts, IHS Automotive, where he viewed the latest made-in-Canada automotive products and vehicles. Following his tour of the facility, Minister Clement met with senior executives and spoke briefly to the media, highlighting the momentum that auto sales continue to gain and the positive announcements in the sector. He also took the opportunity to highlight that Canada is an excellent place to invest. He noted in particular the importance of the auto and manufacturing sectors, as the auto sector accounts for approximately 12 percent of the manufacturing base in Canada.

"Canada can be proud," said Minister Clement. "We have Canadian workers who continue to make high-quality products that people want—further evidence that providing financial assistance to help the sector was the right decision."

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