EDUCATION RANKS FIRST

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

The qual­ity of pro­vin­cial education is the top is­sue for cham­ber mem­bers, ac­cord­ing to an an­nual sur­vey by the Greater Char­lot­te­town Area Cham­ber of Com­merce. The Jan­uary poll asked par­tic­i­pants to se­lect pri­or­i­ties from a list of 16 con­cerns. In or­der, the top is­sues in­cluded the need to en­sure qual­ity education, re­tain youth in the prov­ince, en­cour­age and sup­port en­trepreneur­ship and cre­ate a com­pet­i­tive pro­vin­cial tax sys­tem. Re­sults of the poll help the cham­ber de­ter­mine pri­or­i­ties for ad­vo­cacy work. The sur­vey asked re­spon­dents about their 2016 busi­ness out­look: 52 per cent of busi­ness own­ers ex­pect bet­ter busi­ness per­for­mance than last year, 32 per cent fore­see sim­i­lar re­sults and 95 per cent say they plan to in­crease or main­tain cur­rent em­ploy­ment lev­els.

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