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Message from the Honourable Lynne Yelich

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The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

My first few months as Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification (WD) have deepened my understanding of the West and increased my pride in the strength of western Canadians.

I have seen, first hand, how western ingenuity and determination are transforming the economic landscape in every corner of the region. Anyone who believes the western Canadian economy is still limited to grain fields, oil wells and forests is seriously underestimating the depth and breadth of economic activity taking place across the West today.

From adding value in traditional industries to creating entirely new industries founded on technological breakthroughs, western Canadians are building an innovative and resilient economy that will serve the region well through this period of global economic turmoil. And WD is right there, working with westerners to support and enhance the region's growing strengths.

We are excited to share with you, in this issue of Access West, how WD is achieving its vision to be leaders in creating a more diversified western Canadian economy that has strong, competitive and innovative businesses and communities. Whether it's skills training in Manitoba, northern development in Saskatchewan, innovation in Alberta or rural diversification in British Columbia, Western Economic Diversification Canada is contributing to initiatives that are building a stronger economic future for the West, and for western Canadians.