Manitoba’s Lone Minister in Ottawa Brings Message of Relationships to Chamber Audience

049The Honourable Jim Carr has a deep connection to the Manitoba business community. The foundation of these connections have built on the developing relationships and establishing personal connections with the men and women he comes into contact with. Many of the people he has built relationships with, including former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine, gathered on Wednesday, May 24 for the penultimate MBiz breakfast of the season.

Minister Carr used his speech to the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) to enforce the importance of relationships to help build a better and stronger future. As Minister Carr and the Trudeau government make connections with members of the Trump administration, Carr told the crowd that those relationships are “being built on what we know, not what we hear.” As he continues to meet with his U.S. counterparts, Minister Carr was sure to point out that conversations need to be made person-to-person; mayor-to-mayor; premier-to-governor; and Chamber-to-Chamber. Establishing connections with our colleagues will help increase our knowledge, but also help expand understand what is happening in other communities we deal with on a regular basis.

As he hit the midway point of his speech, Minister Carr took the time to talk about the current state of the relationship between Ottawa and the province. Pointing to the somewhat contentious negotiations around a new health accord or the Trudeau government’s national carbon plan, Minister Carr firmly asserted that he would not allow partisanship to get in the way of working with the Pallister government and will not bicker back and worth at the expense of Manitoba’s growth.

Minister Carr shares a brief laugh with MHCA CEO Chris Lorenc (c) and former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine (r).

Minister Carr talks the importance of relationships in helping build our country.

Finally, Minister Carr concluded his speech by pointing out that relationships define our heritage and highlight our diversity. He told the crowd before departing the stage to “never forget the identities that make our culture what it is today.”


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