“We cannot take for granted that the U.S. is our largest trade partner. Canada needs to be on the front foot advancing our own interests since few Americans wake up in the morning in Washington thinking about how to do Canadian businesses a favour. We look forward to working with our members, the Government of Canada, and our American business counterparts to ensure Canadian businesses are positioned to succeed in the new US political environment,” said Mark Agnew, Vice President Policy & International.
(OTTAWA) – February 19, 2020 – The Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing rail blockades:
“Yesterday, the Canadian Chamber joined 33 other business associations in sending an open letter to the Prime Minister, urging the government to take immediate action to get the Canadian economy moving again
By midday today, the number of signatories increased by 11 to reach 44 business associations from across the country, and from across all sectors, as businesses everywhere increasingly feel the impacts of these blockades. Together, the members of these associations employ millions of Canadians, who are also beginning to be impacted.
The damage done to the Canadian economy, to businesses and to ordinary Canadians continues to grow. Every hour that the shutdowns continue, more people are being hurt. We must act quickly and decisively, and we need real leadership from the federal government, working with provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous leaders and law enforcement agencies, to achieve an immediate end to the blockades.”
About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Because Business Matters
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce helps build the businesses that support our families, our communities and our country. We do this by influencing government policy, by providing essential business services and by connecting businesses to information they can use, to opportunities for growth and to a network of local chambers, businesses, decision-makers and peers from across the country, in every sector of the economy and at all levels of government, as well as internationally. We are unapologetic in our support for business and the vital role it plays in building and sustaining our great nation.
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