Townships Minister visits Japan
Local St. Francois MNA Monique Gagnon Tremblay, who also heads up three government ministries: International Relations, the Ministry responsible for the Francophonie and the Ministry responsible for the Estrie region, visited the directors of Toyoda Gosei, over the weekend, while on a mission to Japan with Premier Charest. It was her third visit with the directors of Toyoda Gosei, the parent company of Waterville TG Inc.
During her visit, Minister Gagnon-tremblay stressed the importance of maintaining jobs at the two plants, one in Waterville and one in Coaticook, and developing expertise and new products in the field.
According to the government’s press release, Minister GagnonTremblay explained all the strategic advantages for that kind of company to keep their qualified manpower who are needed when facing tough technological competition from the international market. Also during the discussions, the Minister urged the company to take advantage of the Stratégie Québécoise de la recherche et de l’innovation and of our universities to add value to the Waterville TG jobs.
While visiting the parent company, the Minister was impressed by the company’s ability to be innovative when she learnt of some of their advancements in car technology such as cushions that inflate upon contact with a pedestrian.
Minister Monique Gagnon-Tremblay is seen with two Toyoda Gosei directors during her recent mission to Japan.