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Time for action on internal trade: an open letter to Canada’s First Ministers

Dear Prime Minister and Premiers, On behalf of the men and women who run many of Canada’s leading companies and largest employers, I am writing to offer support and encouragement as you prepare for this week’s First Ministers’ Meeting in Montreal. Your meeting comes at an important time. After nearly a decade of growth, Canada’s economy is facing strong headwinds and difficult new realities. Canadians in every region need your leadership to reinvigorate the country’s economic ...

July 23, 2018

Letter to The Honourable Doug Ford on the White Pines wind project and Ontario’s business climate

Dear Premier,   I am writing with respect to your government’s recent introduction of Bill 2, Urgent Priorities Act, 2018, and in particular the White Pines Wind Project Termination Act.   Although the latter focuses on one specific renewable energy project, we are concerned about the broader impact of this legislation on Ontario’s business climate. Bill 2 would revoke permits several years after the proponent obtained them from the appropriate regulatory bodies, cancel contracts with the Independent Electricity System Operator that ...

June 15, 2018

Letter to the Finance Minister regarding U.S. 232 retaliation consultations on steel and aluminum tariffs

Dear Minister,   The Business Council of Canada supports the government’s strategy in responding to the unjustified tariffs imposed by the U.S. Administration on steel and aluminum products. Canada must stand up for the interests of Canadians and in support of the rules-based global trade system.   As you review input from companies on the proposed countermeasures, we ask that you consider the following: Substitution – We recommend that countermeasures be placed only on products where substitutes are readily ...

Letter to Premier-designate Doug Ford

Dear Premier-designate,   On behalf of Canada’s business leaders, I want to offer congratulations to you and the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario on your victory in last week’s provincial general election. After 15 years of Liberal governments, the people of Ontario voted decisively for change and now look to you and your team for fresh ideas and responsible, accountable leadership.   On election night, you said the results send a clear message that Ontario is open for business. ...

Letter to the Finance Minister regarding U.S. tax reform

Dear Minister Morneau,   For decades, successive federal governments have recognized the need to ensure that Canada's business tax burden is competitive by international standards, particularly with respect to the rates imposed by our major trading partners. By definition, this requires that governments carefully monitor and respond to shifting international norms, so as to avoid the loss of jobs, investment and tax revenues to other jurisdictions. This policy has served Canada well. While rates have gradually come down, revenues from ...

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