The following statement on the dropping of the writ is attributable to Deborah Yedlin, President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce:
Calgary, May 1, 2023 – “With the dropping of the writ today, the Calgary Chamber is closely watching the provincial election unfold over the next month. We will be watching closely for a focus on thoughtful, business-led policy solutions that will build on our momentum and economic resilience.
“The Chamber’s provincial election platform ACCELERATE: Driving Alberta Forward, which we released back in February, calls on all parties to adopt policies that continue to advance economic diversification opportunities and ensure Alberta remains a competitive jurisdiction for investment while maintaining fiscally prudent. As the province continues to deal with inflationary challenges, we continue to advocate for the parties to put forward solutions aimed at eliminating the talent gap, provide realistic relief to the rising costs faced by businesses as well as commit to investment in strategic infrastructure.
“Businesses need certainty and stability to enable them to risk capital and capitalize on growth opportunities. Everyone benefits when our business community is thriving – from government coffers to employees and not-for-profits, Albertans need a strong and inclusive business environment. And while businesses can’t vote, individuals do, which is why it is imperative that the issues facing the business community are top of mind for both politicians and voters.
“This is a critical election for Calgary and the province. Alberta remains a place of opportunity for businesses and the people behind them and the Calgary Chamber looks forward to working closely with the next provincial government and businesses to ensure a prosperous Alberta for all.”
Through extensive consultation with Calgary’s business community, the platform outlines five pillars that advance Alberta’s economic prosperity and provide a roadmap for a path forward including fiscal responsibility, affordability and rising costs, economic diversification and competitiveness, talent and labour and strategic infrastructure investments. To read the full platform, please visit www.calgarychamber.com/accelerate.
The Calgary Chamber exists to help businesses thrive. As the convenor and catalyst for a vibrant, inclusive, and prosperous business community, the Chamber works to build strength and resilience among its members and position Calgary as a magnet for talent, diversification, and opportunity. As an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization, we build on our 131-year history to serve and advocate for businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, and across the city.
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