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Oct 8, 2009

Canadian Chamber Supports Kelowna Chamber Resolution and Kelowna Chamber Delegates Meet with Provincial Ministers in Victoria

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10/8/2009 General
Canadian Chamber Supports Kelowna Chamber Resolution and Kelowna Chamber Delegates Meet with Provincial Ministers in Victoria

Kelowna, BC – Three delegates from the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce attended the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting which took place in Victoria on October 3rd-5th. While in town, the delegates met with two Provincial Cabinet Ministers and other senior government officials to discuss issues of priority to Kelowna Chamber members. The delegation included Norm LeCavalier, President of the Kelowna Chamber, Wesley Shields, Executive Vice President and Jennifer Dixon, Director of Policy.

The resolution which was submitted by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce to the Canadian Chamber for approval was unanimously approved by the voting delegates on the policy floor. The resolution is titled “Boosting the Economy by Supporting the Real Estate Development Industry” and focuses on helping the real estate development industry realize its full potential as a powerhouse of economic recovery in Canada.

The resolution focuses on protecting housing affordability and improving environmental regulation. The first recommendation urges the Federal Government to index the thresholds for the GST New Housing Rebate to the New House Price Index to protect housing affordability across Canada. The other recommendation calls on the Federal Government to work with the Provincial and Territorial Governments to harmonize environmental regulations in order to increase the efficiency and expediency of the approval process.

“We were pleased to participate in the policy review process and that the resolution was passed”, says Norm LeCavalier, President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. “The construction industry is very important to Kelowna’s economy and we need to have an efficient environmental regulation system that allows construction projects to go ahead within a reasonable timeframe. We also need a mechanism in place to help protect housing affordability in the long-term”, adds LeCavalier.

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce delegates met with the Honourable Kevin Krueger, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts to update him on the Kelowna Chamber’s priorities and issues of relevance to his portfolio. Items discussed at the meeting included the pre-feasibility study for a convention centre in Kelowna and the HST and the implications this may have on the tourism/hotel industry in Kelowna. Also in attendance at the meeting were Ben Stewart, MLA, West-Kelowna, Steve Thomson, MLA, Kelowna-Mission, and Peter Walters, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

The delegates also met with the Honourable Kash Heed, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and other senior government officials of the Public Safety Sector. The meeting focused on the progress of the staffing for the organized crime task force within the Okanagan, the community court concept, the no gang colours policy and the possibility for a future correctional facility for Kelowna.

Established in 1906, the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is one of the more active membership based business organizations in British Columbia representing the “Voice of Business”. Our mission is to foster a positive business environment by providing members with leadership, advocacy and services of value.

For more information, call:

Jennifer Dixon, Director of Policy
Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
(250) 469-7351 (direct)
jennifer@kelownachamber.org