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On December 30, 2009, the Governor General granted the Prime Minister’s request to prorogue Parliament which was to have returned from its Christmas recess on January 25, 2010.  As a result, a new session of Parliament will begin on March 3, 2010 with a Speech from Throne followed by a federal budget on March 4, 2010. 

FEDERAL PRE-BUDGET 

As Members of Parliament have returned to their ridings, member chambers of commerce and boards of trade are encouraged to hold pre-budget consultations with their members and their MP and to provide the Canadian Chamber with feedback from their meetings. On behalf of the chamber network, Canadian Chamber President and CEO Perrin Beatty will present the views expressed at these meetings to Minister Flaherty and officials prior to the tabling of the budget. Please send feedback to Tina Kremmidas at [email protected] by February 12, 2010. 

Tool Kit: 

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has prepared a toolkit that members may use to prepare for their pre-budget consultations: 

  • Pre-Budget Brief here
  • Template of Pre-budget Consultation Invitation to MP here
  • Template of Pre-budget Consultation of Member here
  • Template of Report to Canadian Chamber here 

ADDITIONAL ISSUES 

Members are also encouraged to discuss other key issues with their MPs, such as copyright reform and two private members’ bills: Bill C-300, An Act respecting Corporate Accountability for the Activities of Mining, Oil or Gas in Developing Countries and Bill C-386, An Act to Amend the Canada Labour Code (replacement works). While the prorogation of Parliament means government bills must be re-introduced when Parliament returns, private members’ bills (PMBs) retain the status they had at prorogation.  This means these two PMBs of significant concern to Canadian business will continue their progress through Parliament when it returns.   

Policy Briefs:

  • Copyright Reform here
  • Bill C-300, An Act respecting Corporate Accountability for the Activities of Mining, Oil or Gas in Developing Countries here
  • Bill C-386, An Act to Amend the Canada Labour Code here

Contact Info:

Stacey Roy
Manager, Chamber Development & Services | Directrice, Services aux chambres
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce | La Chambre de commerce du Canada
420 – 360 rue Albert Street | Ottawa, ON K1R 7X7
Tel.: 613.238.4000 (237)
Toll Free: | Sans Frais : 800.661.2930 (237)
Fax: 613.238.7643
Mobile: 613.291.8989
[email protected]
www.chamber.ca

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