Business Groups Call for Renewed Dialogue on Employment and the Economy


Edmonton:  A new alliance of employer organizations representing a broad cross-section of sectors and industries has sent an open letter to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley requesting an opportunity to meet and engage in a dialogue with her and her cabinet about the current state of the economy, and identify a more collaborative path forward on employment and economic issues.

The group of 15 associations cites recent government policies such as the carbon tax, corporate and personal tax increases and changes to the minimum wage as having further undermined business confidence and competitiveness in Alberta during one of the worst economic downturns in a generation.  It asks for government to commit to a “moratorium” on any new policies that could have a detrimental impact on the ability of businesses to create and preserve jobs, attract capital, and effectively compete in a global market.

Specifically, the group requests additional tax increases be categorically ruled out, the next proposed increase in the minimum wage be delayed, and the incoming carbon tax be made truly revenue neutral with offsetting tax reductions. The group is also calling for details to be unveiled about a potential job creation strategy, and the program aimed at mitigating cost increases on businesses imposed by the forthcoming carbon tax.

The letter is co-signed by:

Alberta Enterprise Group

Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors

Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors

Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Alberta

Canadian Institute of Steel

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

Landscape Alberta

Merit Contractors Association

Petroleum Services Association of Canada

Progressive Contractors Association of Canada

Restaurants Canada

Retail Council of Canada

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