Pay at­ten­tion to business, par­ties urged

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Business lead­ers in Sud­bury are urg­ing Canada’s fed­eral par­ties to give the needs of business high pri­or­ity as they draw closer to the 2019 fed­eral elec­tion.

“Greater Sud­bury busi­nesses cite find­ing and re­tain­ing skilled labour as one of their most press­ing chal­lenges, and this is­sue is repli­cated across the en­tire coun­try. If our busi­nesses don’t thrive, Canada can’t thrive,” Michael Mac­na­mara, chair of the board, said in a re­lease. “To­day, we chal­lenge all par­ties and their local can­di­dates to sup­port our small busi­nesses by em­brac­ing the seven pri­or­i­ties of our elec­tion plat­form. The plat­form is de­signed to help our busi­nesses cre­ate jobs and strengthen our econ­omy.”

The Greater Sud­bury Cham­ber of Com­merce, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cana­dian Cham­ber of Com­merce and the na­tional cham­ber net­work, launched Mon­day its plat­form for the 2019 fed­eral elec­tion. Vote Pros­per­ity calls on all the fed­eral par­ties to sup­port Canada’s job cre­ators by in­clud­ing the fol­low­ing pri­or­i­ties in their elec­tion plat­form:

a tax sys­tem that is fair, ef­fi­cient and mod­ern;

a reg­u­la­tory sys­tem that works for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing business;

ac­cess to new mar­kets around the world and the elim­i­na­tion of trade barriers at home;

re­sources to help small- and medium-sized busi­nesses grow and succeed at home and abroad;

in­no­va­tion and in­fra­struc­ture to make Canada the most con­nected coun­try in the world;

a work­force with the skills, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing re­quired to pros­per; and

a health­ier phar­ma­care sys­tem for health­ier Cana­di­ans.

“Canada’s po­lit­i­cal par­ties will spend the next sev­eral months focused only on im­prov­ing their elec­toral out­comes. To­day, we are ask­ing them to look be­yond their elec­toral hori­zons and do what busi­nesses do ev­ery sin­gle day: fo­cus on long-term growth and pros­per­ity,” Per­rin Beatty, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Cana­dian Cham­ber of Com­merce, said. “That’s why we are chal­leng­ing all politi­cians to sup­port the pri­or­i­ties out­lined in the Cana­dian Cham­ber’s plat­form, Vote Pros­per­ity. Cana­dian busi­nesses aren’t ask­ing for a hand­out. They just want a fight­ing chance to com­pete and grow.”

Head­ing into the 2019 fed­eral elec­tion, the Greater Sud­bury Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Cana­dian Cham­ber net­work will con­tinue to en­gage with fed­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives to fo­cus on re­duc­ing tax­a­tion bur­den, reg­u­la­tory chal­lenges and skilled labour short­ages as crit­i­cal pri­or­i­ties for Cana­dian business owners to main­tain their com­pet­i­tive­ness and the pros­per­ity of all Cana­di­ans.

The Greater Sud­bury Cham­ber and the Cana­dian Cham­ber net­work say they are strictly apo­lit­i­cal and their pol­icy analy­ses should never be taken as par­ti­san. All analy­ses are based solely on whether a pol­icy fa­cil­i­tates the com­pet­i­tive­ness of Cana­dian busi­nesses and aligns with the net­work’s ex­ist­ing pol­icy plat­form.

Visit votepros­per­i­tyCA.ca to learn more about the cham­ber net­work’s elec­tion plat­form.

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