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December 5 2019

Throne speech sets stage for meaningful ‘AND’ conversations to move Canada forward

CALGARY - “We are encouraged by the federal government’s commitment to fight climate change, to expand market access for all Canadian resources, and to reduce regulatory burdens on business. The acknowledgment of the importance and justification of regional needs was a good early indication of the government’s intention to collaborate with provinces and cities.

“We had also asked for a sharper focus on building a more competitive tax system, closing the talent and skills gap, and removing internal trade barriers in our federal election platform.

“The real work now begins to build vibrant and prosperous communities from coast to coast to coast. As the conversation around the kitchen table becomes ever more costly, Canadian families and businesses look to our federal representatives to demonstrate just how powerful the ‘AND’ conversation can be.

“Earlier this fall, the Calgary and Edmonton Chambers united to release a joint federal election platform with five key priority areas: develop environment and climate change policies that stimulate competition, expand market access and trade, create a tax system that makes Canada a destination of choice for investors, close the talent and skills gap, and plan for our fiscal future.

“The Calgary Chamber of Commerce stands ready to work with the federal government to build a competitive future for Calgarians, Albertans, and all Canadians.”

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