2008 Federal Elections - The Conseil du patronat du Québec stands as the Party of Free Enterprise, and will probe political parties



    MONTREAL, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Although the Conseil du patronat du
Québec (CPQ) is a non-partisan organization, it has no plans to sit on the
sidelines during the current electoral campaign. On the contrary, the
employers' confederation will be an active participant, showing its colours as
the Party of Free Enterprise.
    "We are in our own way the party of free enterprise, and we won't
hesitate to compare the electoral programs of the major parties with the needs
and priorities of Quebec's generators of wealth," said CPQ President Michel
Kelly-Gagnon.
    Specifically, the start of the campaign sees the CPQ reiterating its
members' federal policy priorities to candidates and the general public.

    Priority number one: Public spending control

    An in-house CPQ survey published earlier this year demonstrated that
members want the federal government to concentrate first and foremost on
controlling public spending.
    "Given this concern, the CPQ will closely monitor the various promises of
the political parties in the coming weeks, and we won't hesitate to get
involved in the electoral debate to denounce any commitment that will increase
federal spending faster than the rate of economic growth," said Mr.
Kelly-Gagnon.
    In the same survey, corporate and personal income tax reductions were
chosen as the second and third priorities from a list of 12 federal policy
actions.

    Parties asked to clarify their commitments

    The CPQ is also seeking to identify the economic commitments of the
campaigning parties by sending today a questionnaire to the leaders of the
four parties recognized by the House of Commons.
    In addition to spending controls and tax cuts, the questionnaire asks
parties for their positions on the employment insurance program, the Canada
Labour Code and less stringent legislation for foreign investment. The
questionnaire is available on the CPQ's Web site at www.cpq.qc.ca.
    CPQ members will receive all responses from the parties, which will also
be made public during the latter half of the election campaign.

    The Conseil du patronat du Québec includes many of the province's largest
companies as well as the vast majority of sector-based employers'
associations, making it the sole employers' confederation in the province.




For further information:

For further information: Patrick Leblanc, Director of Communications,
(514) 288-5161, ext. 226, Cell.: (514) 571-6400


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