Ottawa, October 19, 2015 — The Canadian Chamber of Commerce congratulates Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team on winning a majority government and looks forward to working with them to make Canada more competitive.
“I want to congratulate Justin Trudeau on the election of a Liberal majority. Having a stable majority government will permit Mr. Trudeau to put in place a strong plan to promote Canada’s competitiveness. During the campaign, the Liberals set out their vision for our economy. Their plan to invest in new infrastructure, if done strategically, will be positive for Canada’s economy. As the Canadian Chamber stressed in our election platform, new transportation infrastructure will increase access to markets for Canadian businesses of all sizes,” explains the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
The Canadian Chamber network was active across Canada throughout the campaign, holding a series of events across the country to promote the business community’s priorities. Its election platform, A Canada That Wins, highlighted Access to a Powerful Workforce, Access to Markets, Access to Capital and Access to Technology and Innovation as key priorities for the next government to focus on to increase Canada’s competitiveness.
“Many of the positions in the Liberal program align with our priorities. Mr. Trudeau’s plan to invest $40 million annually to increase co-op placements for students in science, technology, engineering ,and mathematics, along with the creation of business programs to help employers create new placements for students, will help provide Canada with the workforce we need to compete internationally. We will press the new government to avoid a return to structural deficits, but we are confident we can use the resolutions adopted during last weekend’s annual general meeting to find common ground that will help grow the economy,” continued Mr. Beatty.
Mr. Beatty concluded, “The 200,000 businesses represented by the Canadian Chamber network look forward to working with the new government to help grow our economy. We all want to go in the same direction: building a Canada that wins.”
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. News and information are available at Chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.
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