Making History, Embracing Diversity, Showing Tenacity: Manitoba Chambers Pass Slate of Resolutions for 2011-2012

May 15, 2011 | Chamber News

There was a bit of everything when the local chambers of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce gathered to present, debate and vote on the Resolutions that would set the MCC’s prime advocacy mandate for the upcoming year. 

The members made history by passing the first ever Resolution specifically directed to the Manitoba Chambers (typically Resolutions are directed at government). The  Resolution champions Aboriginal business by directing the Manitoba Chambers to adopt,  actively implement, and promote a Model Aboriginal Procurement Policy.    

Diversity was served as the members passed Resolutions covering a wide array of issues, from taxes and government spending to flooding, infrastructure, daycare, climate change, and Northern strategies for enhancing 911 services and agriculture. Once again Manitoba’s Chamber movement showed it’s not just about lowering taxes, it’s about building communities. 

Finally, the chamber members showed their tenacity by resubmitting Resolutions that had not seen enough action from the Government in the previous year. For example, the Payroll Tax was again targeted as well as the flooding of Provincial Highway 75. 

Graham Starmer

“These Resolutions show that our members do an incredible job of keeping their fingers on the pulse of our province’s needs”, said Graham Starmer, President of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.  “It’s a broad and ambitious agenda and we will do all we can to make their ideas a reality.” 

The Resolutions were passed at the Manitoba Chambers Annual General Meeting on May 15, 2011. 

Here is a list of the Resolutions (click on the title to access the Resolution):

Model Aboriginal Procurement Policy
911 Service
Northern Agriculture
Childcare Funding
Payroll Tax Reform
Provincial Government Spending
Flood Reduction Using LIDAR
New West Partnership Agreement
Keeping The Link To The United States Open
Passing on PTH 6
A Multi-Tiered Minimum Wage
Sunday Shopping
Public Utilities Board Not To Set Social Policy
Foreign Trade Zone
Adapting to Climate Change

Thanks to our host, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, and a special thanks to our sponsors; they helped make our AGM possible and the success it was (click on company title to access its website):

AV Sponsor

Avent Pro 


Rogers Communications

Chair’s Reception



Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance

Canadian National Railway

Tribal Councils Investment Group

Place Louis Suite Hotel

Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba


Meyers Norris Penny

Victoria Inn

Maple Leaf

Entrepreneurship, Training & Trade

Credit Union Central of Manitoba

Imaginet Resources Corp

MTS Allstream

Procurement Services Branch

Southport Aerospace

Manitoba Pork Council

Manitoba Lotteries

Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Public Insurance


Cando Contracting Ltd.

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

Corporate Supporter

PCL Constructors Canada

The Canadian Wheat Board

TD Merchant Services

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