Manitoba Chamber Network Take Over Legislature

Dec 3, 2018 | Chamber News

Chambers from across the province joined the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) in a full-day takeover of the legislature last week.

During this inaugural Day of Advocacy, chambers from Morden, Brandon, Neepawa, The Pas, Dauphin, Assiniboia, Portage la Prairie, Winnipeg, and Steinbach met with ministers and opposition leaders to share concerns, tackle issues, and open up possible areas for future work together.

The MCC Day of Advocacy starts with a discussion on municipal issues with Deputy Minister of Municipal Relations Jan Forster.

Premier Brian Pallister stops in to share his thoughts and to thank MCC for organizing the day of discussions.

Chamber executives from across the network wrap up meeting with infrastructure minister Ron Schuler.

Ministers Colleen Mayer, Eileen Clarke, and Cathy Cox listen as MCC president & CEO Chuck Davidson discusses business concerns.

Recommendations in areas of taxation, venture capital funding, and improving labour market information in the province highlighted MCCs agenda. Local chambers shared rural Manitoba’s growing business concerns including the length of time it takes to get hydro hookups, examining the rural planning act, and water issues affecting agriculture in the north. You can view MCCs recommendations to the province by clicking here.

We covered a lot of ground with the ministers of Growth, Enterprise and Trade (Blaine Pedersen), Agriculture (Ralph Eichler), Finance (Scott Fielding), and Justice (Cliff Cullen).

Justice Minister Cliff Cullen discussed the impact of the meth crisis on his ministry and on all Manitobans.

Health and education preparing residents for a meaningful life highlighted our conversation with NDP leader Wab Kinew.

Day of Advocacy wrapped up with Liberal leader Dougald Lamont and MLA Dr. Jon Gerrard.

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce would like to thank our local chambers for their interest in the inaugural MCC Day of Advocacy, and express our sincere appreciation to elected officials who took part in the fruitful discussions.

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