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.
“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):
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):