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March 1, 2017
Dear Minister, I am writing on behalf of the Business Council of Canada to offer our perspective on the government’s fiscal situation and several priority recommendations for your upcoming fifth budget. First let me commend you on your determined efforts to eliminate the provincial deficit. Ontarians are counting on you to achieve your target of a balanced budget in 2017-18 – an important milestone after nine straight years during which Ontario has doubled its debt burden. A balanced budget, however, ...
February 14, 2017
Dear Prime Minister, On behalf of Canada’s business leaders, I am writing to commend you and your government for your skillful and forward-looking approach to Canada’s most important bilateral relationship. You have assembled an experienced, well-connected and resourceful group of officials to lead this initiative. The joint statement that you and President Trump released yesterday underscores the longstanding economic and security ties between Canada and the United States, and bodes well for further progress and cooperation. The Business ...
February 2, 2017
December 15, 2016
Dear Minister Morneau, On behalf of the men and women who lead Canada’s largest companies, I am writing to share our thoughts as you and your colleagues prepare to introduce the coming federal budget. Fundamentally, we are optimistic about Canada’s place in the global economy. Our country stands as a beacon of openness, tolerance and opportunity in a world increasingly characterized by protectionism and inward-looking politics. In that respect, Budget 2017 comes at a time of great opportunity for ...
Dear Minister Bains, Congratulations on the extensive consultation process that you and your government successfully launched and executed over the summer. As you now turn to the difficult task of incorporating what you heard into your Innovation Agenda, it is important that you stay focused on specific outcomes and clearly articulate the challenge(s) that this Agenda is going to address. From a business perspective, businesses – including members of the Business Council of Canada – already innovate every day to ...