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For Immediate Release
[4 October 2013]

(Fredericton, NB) – At the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's annual general meeting (AGM), held September 28th to 30th, 2013 in Kelowna, B.C., the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce submitted two policy resolutions for consideration by the member delegates.

The first resolution, entitled Controlling the Canada-US Price Gap, built on previous work by the Fredericton chamber on cross-border shopping issues and honed in on the issue of higher prices for retail items in Canada than the US. The resolution used the February 2013 Senate Committee on National Finance report as its basis.

The second resolution, entitled Standardized Licensing and Accreditation Requirements Across Provinces for Professions was suggested by the chamber's government affairs committee and is aimed at increasing homogeneity between provincial regulatory regimes for professions. In addition to efficiencies that can be realized by more closely aligning regulations between provinces, it is believed that the recommendations of this resolution will make labour mobility between provinces easier and make Canada (and New Brunswick) a more attractive destination for highly skilled immigrants.

At the AGM, both resolutions were approved unanimously by the more than 300 voting delegates of the Canadian Chamber's member chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 Canadian businesses. These resolutions are now policy positions of the Canadian Chamber and will be pursued with the federal government over the coming months.

"Having these resolutions passed unanimously is a major victory for the Fredericton chamber," stated Krista Ross, Fredericton chamber CEO. "Not only does it mean that the Canadian Chamber of Commerce will put its advocacy resources behind issues that are important to our local business community, but it also increases the national profile of the Fredericton chamber and solidifies our position as a contributor to the Canadian chamber's overall agenda."

With more than 900 members, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is one of Atlantic Canada's largest chambers of commerce. A dynamic business organization, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is actively engaged in policy development that affects the competitiveness of our members and of the Canadian business environment.

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. News and information are available at www.chamber.ca or follow the Canadian Chamber on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CanadianChamberofCommerce.

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Contact:
Krista Ross, CEO – (506) 458-8006

pdfTwo Policy Resolutions Submitted by Fredericton Chamber Passed by Canadian Chamber of Commerce Delegates