Media Releases Sep 11, 2019

Canadian Chamber to Register as Third Party Ahead of Federal Election

OTTAWA – September 11, 2019 – Today, the Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, President & CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, released the following statement regarding the Canadian Chamber’s decision to register with Elections Canada as a third party for the 2019 federal election.

“While the Canadian Chamber of Commerce will advocate policies to strengthen Canadian business and increase our country’s prosperity in the 2019 federal election, we will remain scrupulously non-partisan. We will neither endorse nor oppose any political party, leader or candidate.

Following recent confusion about how Elections Canada will interpret the Canada Elections Act, our legal counsel has recommended that the Canadian Chamber register as a third party for the 2019 campaign. Given the possibility that any advocacy on an issue, even without referring to a party, leader or candidate, could be perceived as third party activity, we have decided in the interests of prudence to register as a third party.”

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Phil Taylor
Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (preferred and fastest response time)
613.238.4000 (2231)