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ADVOCACY PRIORITIES SET WITH LOCAL GRASSROOTS POLICIES GAINING PROVINCIAL SUPPORT

(Medicine Hat) This weekend four representatives from the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce attended the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) Annual General Meeting and Policy Conference in Camrose, presenting the policy: Removing Provincial Tax on Medicinal Cannabis which was successfully adopted by the ACC.
 
‘The policy that we carried forward to the ACC Policy Session is an example of how policies are adopted from our grass-roots and member driven process,’ stated Sarah MacKenzie, President of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce. ‘All policies that are carried locally, provincially and federally are a result of our members priorities and concerns. Engaging with a local chamber allows an individual member to harness the advocacy of the chamber network and highlights the benefit of having the power of the most influential business network advocating on issues that directly affect members ’.
 
The Medicine Hat & District Chamber also co-sponsored five other policy submissions, providing additional support on policies from Chambers across the province. These included Domestic Reclaimed Water, Reduce Alberta Corporate Income Tax proposed by the Sherwood Park Chamber of Commerce; Restoring Canada’s Innovation Competitiveness from the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce and Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce policies on Creating a New Pharmaceutical Industry in Canada and Dual Credit Opportunities in Alberta.
 
There were a total of 27 policy resolutions brought forward with a total of 26 policies adopted. Now that these policies have been adopted by the ACC, the recommendations will be used to influence policy makers on a provincial and federal level in order to create a more competitive business climate.

All the proposed policies can be viewed online at
www.medicinehatchamber.com/pages/advocacy and the complete policy book will also be made available on the Alberta Chambers of Commerce website at www.abchamber.ca.

 
Please direct all media inquiries to:
Sarah MacKenzie, President
c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce

(403) 527-5214 ext.221
 
Lisa Kowalchuk, Executive Director
Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce

(403) 527-5214 ext.222

 
The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing the interests of businesses in our region, and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood for promoting business, monitoring government and championing managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 750 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 25,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.

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