“After the early days of the pandemic, Canadians came to appreciate just how secure our food supply chain is. For a brief moment, Canadians and politicians didn’t take farmers for granted. It shouldn’t take a crisis like COVID-19 for us to recognize the businesses in our national agriculture sector supply chain continue to deliver food to our tables in Canada and around the world,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
(OTTAWA) – April 30, 2021 – Today, Canada’s leading national industry associations issued the following statement regarding the passage of back-to-work legislation at the Port of Montreal:
“We welcome the Senate’s passage of back-to-work legislation. The prospect of a second strike in seven months has disrupted supply chains in all industries and has threatened Canada’s recovery at a time when our economy is at its most precarious. As the second-largest port in Canada, the Port of Montreal is essential to Canada’s trade with the world. A labour stoppage would not only prevent goods from passing through the port, but would also create congestion at other ports, causing bottlenecks at key points of entry for Canadian businesses. It is estimated that an interruption would cost between $10 and $25 million per day.
We urge all parties to continue negotiations and come to a mutually beneficial agreement through collective bargaining.”
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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List of Industry Associations
|Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C., O.C. President and Chief Executive Officer Canadian Chamber of Commerce||Michael Graydon Chief Executive Officer Food, Health, and Consumer Products Canada|
|Luke Chapman Interim President|
|Derek Nighbor President and Chief Executive Officer Forest Products Association of Canada|
|Shannon Coombs President Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association||John Corey President Freight Management Association|
|Dan Kelly President and Chief Executive Officer Canadian Federation of Independent Business||Sandy MacLeod President & CEO Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada|
|Ralph Suppa President and General Manager Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating||Kim Campbell Chair Importers and Exporters Canada|
|Bruce Rodgers Executive Director Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association||Lisa Kowalchuk Executive Director Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce|
|Dennis Darby President and Chief Executive Officer Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters||Pierre Gratton President and Chief Executive Officer Mining Association of Canada|
|Ron Lemaire President Canadian Produce Marketing Association||David Wojcik President and Chief Executive Officer Mississauga Board of Trade|
|Brian Kingston President and Chief Executive Officer Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association||Greg Cherewyk President Pulse Canada|
|Carol McGlogan President and Chief Executive Officer Electro-Federation Canada||Cathy Campbell President Responsible Distribution Canada|
| Karen Proud|
President and CEO
|Diane J. Brisebois President and Chief Executive Officer Retail Council of Canada|
President and Chief Executive Officer Supply Chain Canada