In the historic backdrop of the Château Laurier and just over one week following the federal election, Goldy Hyder delivered an inspiring address to the Canadian Club of Ottawa on the topic of growing the economy for the benefit of all citizens.
The speech marked the official release of “A Better Future for Canadians: report and recommendations of the Task Force on Canada’s Economic Future.”
Beginning with welcoming remarks by Pierre Pyun, Vice President of Government Affairs at Bombardier Inc., the theme focused on how governments, businesses and other stakeholders can work together to both boost the Canadian economy and improve the lives of all Canadians.
In his remarks, Goldy Hyder predicted that the next party to win a majority government will be the one that demonstrates an understanding of the scale of the challenges facing Canada’s economy and offers solutions. “It will be rewarded by voters for being honest with Canadians and actually laying forward a plan of how we’re going to move our country forward,” he said.
After outlining the collaborative process involved in developing the report, which included input from a diverse group of experts and stakeholders, Mr. Hyder summarized the six main recommendations to government and contextualized them within the tradition of Canadian public policy. “Some of the things we’re talking about here are not at all radical,” he added. “It’s moderate, inclusive and nonpartisan.”
However, the job of building the economy we need to ensure a better future for Canadians is not just the responsibility of government. “Business has to step up, too,” said Mr. Hyder before sharing the six commitments on the part of Business Council members to improve the lives of employees, their families and the communities in which they live and work.
The event wrapped up with a fireside chat led by Heather Bakken, President of the Canadian Club of Ottawa and Deputy Publisher of iPolitics, and questions from the audience.