News Release: Vote Prosperity Puts Business Issues at the Forefront for 2019 Election

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May 13, 2019
Today, the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, launched the Vote Prosperity platform to urge federal party leaders to put the needs of Canadian business front and centre in the upcoming federal election.
“Core issues, such as a burdensome and time consuming regulatory environment, are suffocating Canadian competiveness. If our businesses don’t thrive, Canada can’t thrive. Today, we challenge Medicine Hat – Cardston - Warner candidates to support our small businesses by embracing all seven priorities of the Canadian Chamber’s election platform, Vote Prosperity,” said Sarah MacKenzie, Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce President. “These recommendations will help our businesses create jobs which grow and strengthen our community.”
Vote Prosperity calls on all of the federal parties to support Canada’s job creators by including these priorities in their election platforms:
  • A tax system that is fair, efficient and modern.
  • A regulatory system that works for everyone, including business.
  • Access to new markets around the world and the elimination of trade barriers at home.
  • Resources to help small- and medium-sized businesses grow and succeed at home and abroad.
  • Innovation and infrastructure to make Canada the most connected country in the world.
  • A workforce with the skills, education and training required to prosper.
  • A healthier pharmacare system for healthier Canadians.
“Canada’s political parties will spend the next seven months focused only on improving their electoral outcomes. Today, we are asking them to look beyond their electoral horizons and do what businesses do every single day: focus on long-term growth and prosperity. That’s why we are challenging all politicians to support the priorities outlined in the Canadian Chamber’s platform, Vote Prosperity. Canadian businesses aren’t asking for a handout. They just want a fighting chance to compete and grow,” said Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C. O.C., President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Heading into the 2019 federal election, the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber network will continue to engage with federal representatives to focus on reducing the overall taxation, regulatory burden and access to markets as critical priorities for Canadian businesses owners to maintain their competitiveness and the prosperity of all Canadians.
The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber network are strictly apolitical and our policy analyses should never be taken as partisan. All analyses are based solely upon whether a policy helps Canadian businesses be more competitive and aligns with the Canadian Chamber network’s existing policy platform.
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For more information or comment, please contact:
Sarah MacKenzie, President
c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
(403) 527-5214 ext.221
Phil Taylor
Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
613.238.4000 (2231)
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 800 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.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions.