The Calgary Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO, Deborah Yedlin, issued the following statement on priorities for parliament:
Calgary, November 23, 2021 – “As the House of Commons resumes sitting, the Calgary Chamber encourages the federal government to focus on several key priorities to support businesses through next phases of the pandemic and establish strong foundations for economic recovery.
“Alberta has long been a strong contributor to Canada’s economic growth and prosperity. As we face the existential crisis posed by climate change, the province – with its young, educated and skilled workforce – is poised to lead the country in the energy transformation needed to achieve our global climate targets. The path to addressing climate change is through leveraging expertise and the knowledge resident in the energy sector, which will be important as we seek to reduce emissions locally, nationally and internationally.
“We’re at a critical inflection point, with a pivotal opportunity to transform global challenges – like climate change – into economic opportunity and set our economy on the path to long-term sustainability and prosperity. To get there, we need thoughtful public policy that will spur investment, attract talent and create new economic opportunities for people of all backgrounds.
“On behalf of the Calgary business community, we urge the federal government to prioritize the following:
“Alberta was the first jurisdiction in North America to establish a carbon tax, which has since provided funds to support critical research and development aimed at mitigating carbon emissions and addressing climate change. Our history of innovation in energy and energy systems positions the province to be a leader in developing viable solutions that ensure the long-term sustainable development and use of our natural resources. As the new parliament convenes, we urge collaboration between federal and provincial governments to capitalize on the opportunity in front of us. This, alongside forward-thinking investment and policy will position Canada as a fair, competitive and inclusive place for businesses to grow and succeed.”
The Calgary Chamber is an independent non-profit, non-partisan business organization. For 130 years, the Chamber has worked to build a business community that nourishes, powers and inspires the world.
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