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Industry minister parks at Detroit auto show

Published by Steve Coleman on January 10, 2012

Industry Minister Christian Paradis gave the five automakers with a Canadian presence a visible reminder Jan. 10 that the country is still open for business.

Paradis took in the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit Jan. 10 to remind auto executives that Canada is still a good place to do business.

"I am pleased to say that major car companies continue to invest in Canada," Paradis said in a news release. "To increase the competitiveness of our domestic auto industry, our government has lowered corporate taxes, improved capital cost allowances, reduced unnecessary regulation and red tape, supported the creation of a skilled and flexible workforce, and expanded access to markets abroad."

Cars and trucks are still the largest, single sector of Canadian manufacturing, Paradis said. The industry represents 12 per cent of Canada's manufacturing output and 20 per cent of the manufactured exports.

Five major manufacturers assemble vehicles in Canada: General Motors Company, Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Corporation and Honda Motor Company.

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