(Fredericton, NB) – The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is cancelling its planned “Capital Region All-‐ Candidates Forum,” scheduled for September 3, 2014 at the Fredericton Convention Centre. The forum is being cancelled due to a lack of registrants for the free event.
The chamber is encouraging all New Brunswickers to watch the televised leaders’ debates scheduled for later this month and to engage in the process anyway they can.
“The public needs to be aware of the importance of this election and the dire financial situation the province currently faces,” said Joseph O’Donnell, chamber President. “We hope that the public will inform themselves about the issues, the candidates, party platforms and make a thoughtful and educated vote on September 22nd. Citizens should pay particular attention to the cost of elections promises as produced by Elections New Brunswick”
To underscore the need for public understanding of the current financial situation, the chamber is hosting Richard Saillant, author of Over the Cliff? Acting Now to Avoid New Brunswick’s Bankruptcy on September 10, 2014 at the Delta Fredericton. Anyone can attend by registering at www.frederictonchamber.ca or by calling the chamber office at (506) 458-‐8006.
“We would like to thank those that did register for the event, the candidates, our volunteers and our Provincial Government Affairs Committee, which put a lot of effort into planning this event,” said Krista Ross, chamber CEO. “We have tried to engage people in this election, particularly in relation to the province’s financial issues and the response we have gotten on the street has been mostly positive. However, at the end of the day it isn’t fair to the candidates to ask them to come to an event with very few people during the writ period.”
The chamber has also produced a series of seven “Questions That Count” for the 2014 NB election, where each of New Brunswick’s five registered political parties provided answers on issues that matter most to chamber members. These are are available to view on the chamber website.
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.
Joseph O’Donnell, President, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce – 472-‐5482