MONTREAL, Jan. 29, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Board of Trade of
Metropolitan Montreal has presented its recommendations in the run-up
to the 2013-2014 federal budget. It asks that the government maintain
its target of a balanced budget in 2015-2016, prioritize structuring
public infrastructure projects for the Montréal metropolitan area and
improve our economy's productivity.
"Our recommendations reflect the continuing tough global economic
situation," says Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of
Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. "Canadian businesses have to deal not
only with the economic slowdown among our main trading partners, but
also with weak performance in productivity and a shrinking labour
"The Government of Canada needs to stay the course for a balanced budget
in 2015-2016 to regain some budgetary flexibility," Michel Leblanc
says. "It should do this by controlling spending and increasing the
government's productivity, rather than by increasing the tax burden."
"The government should also continue to support structuring public
infrastructure projects for our economy," Mr. Leblanc says. "An
integrated approach to public transit and road transport requires
greater cooperation among stakeholders. So we encourage the government
to adopt a collaborative approach to the Champlain Bridge project and
begin widespread consultations to develop a national strategy on public
"It is also essential that the government prioritize initiatives that
will improve business productivity and support our economic growth,"
Michel Leblanc says. "It needs to review and reinforce support measures
to research and innovation, continue to support businesses on
international markets, reduce red tape for small business and encourage
The Board of Trade's recommendations fall into three main categories:
Staying the course for a balanced budget without increasing the tax
Prioritizing and supporting structuring public infrastructure projects;
Better supporting businesses and reinforcing economic productivity.
You can consult the Board of Trade's prebudget recommendations by
clicking here (in French only, English to come).
About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of some 7,000
members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business
community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants,
and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized
services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of
innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is
Quebec's leading private economic development organization.
SOURCE: Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
For further information:
Advisor, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Phone: 514 871-4000, extension 4015
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