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Ottawa, July 18, 2018 – The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement following today’s cabinet shuffle:

“Today’s cabinet appointments by the Prime Minister signal that the government is increasingly focused on trade diversification and on creating export opportunities for small- and medium-size businesses. The Canadian Chamber welcomes that focus and congratulates all of the Ministers on their new responsibilities.

“At a time when the Canadian economy is under attack by our most important trading partner and ally, it is vital that we focus on the fundamentals. The government must act quickly to implement existing trade agreements, identify even more markets for our exporters and take concrete steps to encourage investment and ease the regulatory and tax burden on businesses. Today’s cabinet appointments are a step in that direction, but there is still much work to be done.

“The Canadian Chamber and our country-wide network of chambers, associations and businesses stands ready to work with government to build a stronger, more competitive and prosperous Canada.”


The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. Follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.

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Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Senior Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
Canadian Chamber of Commerce