Chamber sees two of its policy resolutions adopted nationally

Resolutions advocating better rail service and cutting of red tape associated with HST filings get national nod

Pictured at the Canadian Chamber AGM are, from left, Michael John Kooy, vice chairman; Shirley de Silva, CEO; Chamber staff member Monica Shepley; and Chamber Chair Mark Lumley.

Two resolutions authored by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce have been adopted as national policy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting.

The gathering, which was held September 17-19 in Regina, approved motions put forward by the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

One of the resolutions dealt with the issue of increasing and improving passenger rail service in Canada and recommended that the federal government enable VIA Rail to acquire dedicated rights of way, invest in high frequency rail, seek private sector investment in dedicated lines, and enter into private-public partnerships for the operation of stations. The second resolution aimed to reduce red tape currently faced by businesses earning $50,000 or less by giving them the option to collect and administer GST/HST.

“We are pleased to report that these issues are  not only important to Sarnia Lambton, but also important to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its network across Canada,” said Shirley de Silva, the Chamber’s president and CEO. “Our resolutions are now policy positions of the Canadian Chamber and its members and will be pursued with the federal government over the coming months.”

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions.

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