Mississauga, Ontario — Four representatives of the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) attended the 2019 Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Annual Meeting in Saint John, New Brunswick from September 20-23, 2019. David Wojcik, President & CEO, Brad Butt, Vice-President, Government & Stakeholder Relations and Board Members Susanne Balpatacky and Ellen McGregor represented MBOT.
The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for Chambers across Canada to get together and discuss issues important to business in the country and debate policy resolutions submitted from member Chambers across Canada.
MBOT submitted two resolutions for consideration. Requesting the Federal Government to allow Flow Through Shares for Innovation Companies received 97% support while calling on the Federal Government to update and increase the National Occupational Codes in Canada passed with 100% support.
Prior to the Annual Meeting, MBOT’s policy committees vetted the 76 resolutions put forward to establish the voting position of the chamber. Close to 8 hours of debate took place over two days.
“These resolutions are extremely important in our advocacy with the Federal Government and local MPs. There is great evidence to show that CCC resolutions affect public policy in Canada,” said David Wojcik, President & CEO, MBOT.
Below is the News Release issues by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for information.
Canadian business zeroes in on taxation, regulation and skills at Canadian Chamber AGM
(SAINT JOHN), September 24, 2019 — The key issues for Canadian businesses in 2020 will be taxation, regulation, and skills. That was the consensus at this year’s Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting (AGM), the largest gathering of business leaders in Canada.
“Distilling the aspirations and concerns of 200,000 businesses across Canada can be a challenging endeavour, but this year our members are laser-focused on Canada’s eroding ability to compete. They need a level playing field with their US and EU peers when it comes to taxation and regulation costs, and they need policies that make it easier to find and retain skilled workers,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C., O.C., President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Leaders from more than 300 chambers of commerce across Canada submitted and voted on 76 proposals to improve Canada’s business environment. Sometimes referred to as the “Parliament of Business”, the proposals adopted in Saint John will form the backbone of the Canadian Chamber’s advocacy efforts with the federal government in 2020.
The upcoming federal election was a hot topic at this year’s AGM, and delegates benefited from fireside chats with party insiders and pollsters about policies that will affect businesses. They also heard about the importance of inter-provincial trade from the Hon. Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta.
“The Chamber will be working hard with whoever forms the new government to develop real-world solutions to the administrative and regulatory burdens that our businesses face, ones that will work for corner stores and leading companies alike,” concluded Beatty.
David Wojcik, President & CEO
Mississauga Board of Trade