Federal Writ Dropped Today Launching the 2019 Federal Election Campaign
September 11, 2019
CALGARY – Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Governor General Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament and mark the formal start of the writ period. Canadians will head to the polls on October 21, 2019.
Earlier this week, on September 9, 2019, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Edmonton Chamber of Commerce released a joint election platform to urge all federal parties seeking election to adopt business-forward policies that enable Alberta, and Canada, to be more competitive. The non-partisan election priorities outline a pathway to contribute to the global fight against climate change, boost trade, increase tax competitiveness, close the skills gap, and address the fiscal imbalance.
Specifically, the platform outlines key 12 recommendations across five pillars for all parties’ consideration: develop environmental and climate policies that stimulate competition, expand market access and trade, create a globally competitive tax system, close the talent and skills gap, and plan for our fiscal future.
The election platform was sent to the federal parties in August.
Quote from Sandip Lalli, President & CEO, Calgary Chamber of Commerce:
“This an important election for Canadians from coast to coast, and we were proud to partner with the Edmonton Chamber to advocate for the interests of the business community in Alberta. Vibrant business equals vibrant community.
“We must take decisive action to bolster Canada’s global competitiveness and stimulate innovation, increase market access interprovincially and internationally, develop talent and adapt to changing technologies.”
Quote from Janet Riopel, President & CEO, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce:
“The Calgary and Edmonton Chambers of Commerce continue to speak with one voice.
“We’re strongly encouraging federal parties to adopt business-forward policies to ensure Canada takes advantage of the opportunities that have been presented to us. We must make bold choices now to boost competitiveness or risk watching from the sidelines as other nations compete and win.”
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ABOUT THE CALGARY CHAMBER
The Calgary Chamber is an independent non-profit, non-partisan business organization. For 128 years the Chamber has worked to build a business community that nourishes, powers and inspires the world.
ABOUT THE EDMONTON CHAMBER
The Edmonton Chamber is the respected voice of business in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. With over 2,000 member companies that employ over 100,000 people in our region, we are among the most influential business organizations in the country. The Edmonton Chamber is non-partisan organization and we do not endorse any political party or any candidate seeking elected office.