Decision 2019: Edmonton Chamber Launches Election Priorities
The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to share our priorities in advance of the 2019 provincial election. Entitled Decision 2019: Keep Alberta Competitive, these priorities respond to core issues facing business in Edmonton.
“It’s important for the collective voice of business to be top of mind for those campaigning to lead our province,” Edmonton Chamber President & CEO Janet Riopel said. “Businesses in Edmonton want to know what each party’s plans are to control rising costs, to reduce the deficit, and to open up new markets for our people, products and services.”
Decision 2019 consists of three priority focus areas that include 14 recommendations. The Edmonton Chamber is calling on all parties to:
- deal with the ever-increasing layered costs imposed by every order of government,
- chart a path back to balanced budgets, and
- diversify the economy, increasing trade beyond our borders.
The Edmonton Chamber will ask all candidates and parties to address these priorities, which have been developed following extensive consultation with our member companies and the broader business community.
In order to fully inform our members, the Edmonton Chamber will release weekly bulletins until election day. As a non-partisan organization, the Chamber will not endorse any political party or any candidate seeking election.
We encourage all members to examine each party’s policies closely and carefully in order to determine which candidates best represent the needs and priorities of the business community.
“Businesses have fought hard to withstand these difficult times, but they need the government to be an equally engaged partner in the battle.” said Riopel. “Who is the right party to lead the charge? That’s exactly what we’re asking our business owners and job creators to keep in mind as they prepare for election day.”