Karyn Woodhouse is the vice president of retail with Jones New York Group Canada
Tory government good for business
Last night’s election was an exciting one – definitely an unexpected result by most polls (and, if you were expecting some reprieve from the robocalls, think again – now the pollsters will be polling on what happened to the polls. Funny thing is, no one will be able to trust the results!)
The good news, however, is this government is going to be good for Calgary business.
Perhaps most significantly, Premier-designate Redford is supportive of Alberta taking the lead on developing a Canadian Energy Strategy, which is critical for the Calgary business community.
This is because our renowned energy resource endowment has increased Alberta’s profile on the global stage. The opportunity before our province today is to decide what we role we want to play.
Premier-designate Redford’s approach has been one of collaboration and relationship building, as we have seen through her efforts to engage her provincial colleagues, the federal government, and US legislators in building support for Alberta’s energy sector by dispelling myths and taking part in respectful dialogue. This is exactly the type of approach we need if we are to diversify our energy export markets and access world prices for our energy products.
The progressive conservatives have also committed creating a new partnership with Alberta municipalities – one we hope will strengthen the ability of our large urban centres to provide high quality services while ensuring taxpayer accountability. This is something we plan to stay engaged on to ensure the interests of the Calgary business community are represented at the table.
Finally, the new Alberta legislature offers something for business that we have not seen in nearly 20 years: a strong opposition. This means more debate and discussion on policy issues and ideas in the legislature, which will ultimately strengthen the provincial decision-making process from a taxpayer accountability perspective.
A Redford-led Progressive Conservative government offers much potential for our province. Now it’s time to move forward on shaping Alberta’s future through favourable business and economic policies
Ben Brunnen, director of policy and government affairs and chief economist, Calgary Chamber