The canadian aerospace industry has asked the former prime minister of Québec, Jean Charest, to chart a new course to ensure its growth.
Fearing that dimmed the star of Canada in its sector, the aerospace industries Association of Canada has placed Mr. Charest to the commands so that it will pilot a plan to get the federal government financial commitments and a long-term strategy.
“The industry has come to the conclusion that we must somehow redefine the future of the industry in Canada,” said Mr. Charest in a telephone interview from Paris.
“One has the impression of living in a world where the competition is much stronger. This is not that one is doing evil, but the world is changing really quickly.”
The one who led Quebec from 2003 to 2012, has highlighted the “crucial role” of government in terms of funding, research and training for civil aviation and military.
“The administration Trump has decided to create a new division for the space,” he recalled, referring to the new military branch that the u.s. president nicknamed the “Force space”.
“We cannot remain with arms crossed”, said Jean Charest.
The president of the association, Jim Quick, has pointed out that Canada does not follow the growth of the sector and the innovation compared to other countries such as France, Germany and the United States, where long-term strategies have been put in place.
The Great Britain target of 10% of the space market world by 12 years, said Mr. Quick. Luxembourg has the objective of mining exploration in the area by going to extract rare and precious metals on asteroids.
The aerospace industry is the manufacturing sector with the most investments related to innovation in Canada with more than $ 1.8 billion spent on research and development in 2017, or nearly one-quarter of total spending, according to the association.
According to Mr. Quick, the new initiative, called Vision 2025, will try to convince Ottawa to include in its budget next year a long-term plan for the aerospace industry, in parallel to its commitment to provide a cutting-edge robotics at the gateway Lunar, described as a canadian arm of the third generation.
Mr. Charest will direct exchanges between representatives of the government and industry in several cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Halifax, and will oversee the drafting of a report on the priorities of the aerospace industry.
The ex-politician, who was also a minister at the federal level, has said that he wanted the sector continues to succeed, “despite the risks and uncertainty on a global scale”.
Canada’s investments in the aerospace sector, expressed as a percentage of gross domestic product, has dropped to 18th place among the different countries, so that they fell into eighth place in 1992, according to the association. Employment in the manufacturing sector decreased by 5% since 2012.
The Canada placement on the fifth-largest aerospace industry in the world, providing almost $ 25 billion to the canadian economy, and almost 190,000 jobs by 2017, according to data from the association.