TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - This morning concerned small business owners from both Canada and the
United States had an opportunity to sit down with Catherine Swift,
president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB),
the Honourable David Jacobson, U.S. Ambassador to Canada, and the
Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and
Tourism to share their common concerns and experiences when dealing
with cross-border trade.
"The objective of the roundtable was to provide decision makers with our
members real life border issues that can make every day operations more
difficult and to determine if current discussions between Canada and
the United States are going to address these challenges," said Swift.
"Consultation is critically important to my President and our
Government. We've made significant progress on trade and border issues
since President Obama and Prime Minister Harper announced their vision
for the future earlier this year. The cooperation between our countries
on these matters is unprecedented and productive. Every opportunity we
have to connect with key stakeholders is a chance to continue this good
work," said US Ambassador David Jacobson.
"I was pleased to sit down with small business owners from Canada and
the United States to hear about the challenges of cross-border trade,"
Minister Bernier said. "Canada and the United States remain strongly
committed to improving our shared border to increase cross-border
trade, economic growth and job creation."
Issues raised and discussed at the small business roundtable included:
Streamlining and simplifying processes at the Canada-U.S. border
Finding ways to reduce and prevent regulatory barriers to cross-border
Improving the efficiency of the border to reduce the costs of doing
Incorporating the needs of small business when looking at ways to
"There are many challenges and obstacles small businesses must overcome
in order to successfully conduct business across the border. In the Year of the Entrepreneur these discussions between Canada and the U.S. are an important
opportunity to make some vital improvements at the border. We hope that
both countries are now armed with enough information and insight in
order to make trade and border processes more small-business friendly
in the future," concluded Swift.
As Canada's largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses,
CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes
direction from more than 108,000 members in every sector nationwide,
giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all
levels of government and helping to grow the economy.
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
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