Despite Dalton McGuinty’s very public position about job losses in Ontario being due to Alberta’s oil success, manufacturers in Ontario are still trying to create jobs in Ontario by supplying Alberta’s oil and gas sectors. Having just returned from The Global Petroleum Show in Calgary it is clear to us that manufacturers in Ontario have a tough future in this incredible market.Ontario businesses who have products and services that are used in Alberta’s energy sector are just a small group competing with companies from all over the world. As evidenced by the large number of international exhibitors and visitors, our competition is coming from all over the globe including: United States, China, France, Italy, Korea, UK, Norway, and Scotland.
There were lighter moments during the show when visitors to our booth joked about McGuinty slagging the Alberta economy while there we were hoping to get a piece of the action. In defence of Ontario’s non-Liberal citizens I personally apologized for McGuinty’s comments and asked the visitors to pass my apology on to every citizen of Alberta. We’ll see if The Six Degrees of Separation really works, and are praying that it does, if we have any chance of participating in this incredible opportunity.
The bottom line is that there are tremendous opportunities in Alberta for Ontario’s manufacturing sector, in spite of Mr. McGuinty’s attempt to deflect the responsibility for destroying our Province.