Mr. Speaker, I would like to share with the members of this House some excellent news for the Beauce region.
On January 30, the Hon. Secretary of State for the Federal Office of Regional Development announced a $360,000 repayable contribution to Metubec Inc. of Saint-Jules de Beauce.
This investment by the Government of Canada will ensure the establishment of the only automated plant specializing in the manufacture of metal handles in Canada. It will use advanced technology developed in Italy.
Our government is proud to be associated with this project through the Gatiq-Technorégion Québec—Chaudière-Appalaches fund, because not only is this an innovative project but it will also result in the creation of approximately 15 jobs in Saint-Jules.
This is another excellent example of the importance we in Canada attach to the economic development of Quebec regions.
Congratulations to the two main developers, Marcel Paré and René Beaupré.