Federal budget prep meeting of Delta and Richmond Chambers with local MPs

Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Q.C., M.P., (left) and Hon. Alice Wong, M.P. at Delta Chamber and Richmond Chamber joint pre-budget meeting -- photo courtesy of the Richmond Review

In preparation for the March 2012 federal budget Delta Chamber of Commerce and Richmond Chamber of Commerce representatives met with local Members of Parliament, Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Q.C., Delta Richmond-East, and Minister of State for Seniors Hon. Alice Wong, Richmond, on January 16th.

Some of the main concerns identified by the business people in the session related to the productivity of Canadian companies and competitiveness of Canada in world markets,on points such as:

  • expensive, time consuming government red tape
  • crime in our industrial parks and elsewhere
  • need for job training
  • more investment in research and development
  • transportation issues
  • dredging of the Fraser River – a concern shared by both communities, and vastly underfunded compared to maintenance of the St. Lawrence Seaway
  • the lengthy visa process to get foreign professionals into the country and recognizing foreign credentials
  • seniors housing

Canadians are invited to submit their advice and opinion to the federal Department of Finance at: http://www.fin.gc.ca/prebudget-prebudgetaire/1-eng.asp

Ms. Findlay, who is also Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, mentioned her government’s emphasis on the “victim” of crimes and the Omnibus Bill on crime, expected to be enacted in March or April, which includes, among many features:

  • a mega trials bill to enable the trial of organized crime offenders together in one trial to reduce the burden on the overtaxed justice system
  • bill to address victims of white collar crime (often seniors), leading to minimum sentencing and stronger penalties
  • bill to address chronic repeat youth offenders

Hear more from Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Q.C., M.P. when she speaks at the Delta Chamber of Commerce business networking luncheon on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at the Delta Town and Country Inn. For more information and to register >>click here>>

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