Canadian Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Tariff Ceasefire

Ottawa – May 17, 2019 – Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer, Honourable Perrin Beatty, P.C., O.C., issued the following statement today in response to an announcement that a deal has been reached between Canada and the U.S. on steel and aluminum tariffs.

“Today’s announcement of a deal to lift steel and aluminum tariffs is very positive news for Canadian businesses. These tariffs have never had a national security justification, and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes this long overdue resolution.

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TradeGraham Scott
Khan: Needed, a national employment policy for Canada's immigrant population

There is a major discrepancy between the expertise (and expectations) immigrants bring with them and how Canada positions itself to be able to absorb that expertise.

This is the overall understanding of several reports published over the last year that studied employment inequity in the labour market. These reports, focusing mainly on Ontario – still the most popular destination for new immigrants – show that immigrant populations are some of the most underemployed in Canada.

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SkillsGraham Scott
Accountants group calls for comprehensive review of Canadian tax system

A new report by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) is recommending the government undergo a comprehensive tax review that will “make the system simpler, fairer, more efficient and competitive.”

The report, released on Wednesday, provides a blueprint for how the government could reform the Canadian tax system, one CPA Canada said currently weakens the country’s competitiveness.

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TaxationGraham Scott
Needed, a national employment policy for Canada's immigrant population

There is a major discrepancy between the expertise (and expectations) immigrants bring with them and how Canada positions itself to be able to absorb that expertise.

This is the overall understanding of several reports published over the last year that studied employment inequity in the labour market. These reports, focusing mainly on Ontario – still the most popular destination for new immigrants – show that immigrant populations are some of the most underemployed in Canada.

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SkillsGraham Scott
Macartney: Canada needs a new royal commission on taxation

Armed with a paper developed by the London Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian chamber — representing more than 200,000 businesses — has developed its most comprehensive policy position, calling on the federal government to strike a royal commission on tax reform.

The last time Canada undertook a comprehensive review of its tax system (the Carter Royal Commission in the 1960s), humans had not yet set foot on the moon and in the five decades since, repeated cutting and pasting has left Canadian taxation uncompetitive, cumbersome, inefficient and anything but modern.

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TaxationGraham Scott
International trade: New sandbox rules

With the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) signed and awaiting ratification, the rules around international trade are shifting for Canada. Before the Bell engaged with stakeholders and experts to discuss how Canadians can capitalize on the USCMA, what it means for our industries, and what global opportunities remain for the government’s progressive internationalism agenda.

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TradeGraham Scott
Sen. Jane Cordy and Sen. Diane Bellemare: Inter-provincial trade barriers are a national embarrassment

Canada’s framework for interprovincial trade is patchy at best. While Canada has signed on to free-trade agreements with countries around the world, there are significant barriers to the free flow of goods and services within our own borders. Studies have suggested that these interprovincial trade constraints cost the Canadian economy up to $130 billion every year — and may negatively impact international trade relations.

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Trade, RegulatoryGraham Scott