Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Thursday October 13, 2016
Federal Liberals signal desire for ‘meaningful investment’ in Bombardier
The federal government investing in aerospace giant Bombardier is not a matter of if but how, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said Tuesday.
“We want to be a partner,” Bains said after announcing up to $54 million in funds for a Bombardier-led aerospace-research consortium.
“We want to find a solution and we want to continue to make meaningful investments. We want to be a partner, we are at the table, we want to find a solution. It’s not a matter of if but how we want to make the investment.”
His comments are the clearest the Liberals have been to date regarding whether they’ll accept the Montreal-based company’s request for $1 billion in federal funding.
In early September, Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) received the second of two instalments of US$500 million from the Quebec government.
Quebec now owns 49.5 per cent of a new limited partnership of the CSeries aircraft program, including larger versions of the plane beyond the CS100 and CS300 should they be developed.
Bains wouldn’t give details as to exactly how much Ottawa will invest or where the money will be targeted.
He did reiterate the conditions his government will place on any future funding.
Ottawa wants Bombardier to keep its head office and the jobs connected to its research and development activities in the country, he said. (Source: Financial Post)