Pay attention to business, parties urged
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.