Canada minister eludes questions on federal Bombardier aid

Wed Nov 4, 2015 6:56pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Navdeep Bains, Canada's new innovation minister, on Wednesday sidestepped questions as to whether Ottawa should aid ailing Quebec-based aerospace firm Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO: Quote), saying he had not yet been briefed by his staff.

Asked a second time about possible federal help, Bains - who was appointed to his post earlier in the day - replied that "growing the economy and creating jobs" would be a priority for the incoming Liberal government.

Quebec has announced plans to invest $1 billion in Bombardier's CSeries program and has said it wants Ottawa to contribute the same amount.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren, editing by G Crosse)

A Bombardier CS300 Aircraft takes off on its' first test flight in Mirabel February 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Christinne Muschi