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(OTTAWA) – December 5, 2019 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today regarding the Speech from the Throne.

The Canadian Chamber has consistently advocated a focus on economic growth as a critical mechanism of national unity, one that can only be successful if works for all Canadians in every part of the country.

The business community understands that the Speech from the Throne is meant to be a high-level overview of the government’s plans. We will be looking for much greater detail in the ministerial mandate letters about how the government proposes to address Canada’s numerous economic challenges.

The Canadian Chamber will also be looking for greater detail on how the government plans to engage and work with Canada’s entrepreneurs and job creators to shore up our rapidly declining competitiveness. Accordingly, we call on the government to make all ministerial mandate letters public.

Finally, we ask all members of the House, regardless of party, to support a serious effort to develop a national economic strategy. The 200,000 members the Canadian Chamber represents stand ready to do our part by creating jobs and making important investments, but we need the 43rd Parliament to be a willing partner to Canadian businesses.”

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About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

With a broad network of corporate, association and local chamber members representing over 250,000 businesses of all sizes, in all sectors of the economy and in all regions, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the largest, most representative and most influential business association in Canada. Since 1925, our mission is to foster business competitiveness and a strong economic environment that benefits all Canadians by creating the conditions for Canadian business to thrive. We do this by developing well-informed reports and positions on policies and regulations that are critical to creating a competitive and prosperous Canada; by mobilizing our vast and diverse network to advocate for government decisions and programs that strengthen our country and our communities; and by offering essential business services for members by members. For more information visit Chamber.ca or follow @CdnChamberofCom on social media.

For more information, please contact:

Phil Taylor

Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs

ptaylor@chamber.ca (preferred and fastest response time)

613.238.4000 (2231)