MONTREAL, Sept. 28, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - In conjunction with the annual
convention of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
(Federation of Quebec Chambers of Commerce), a special declaration
addressed to the new provincial government was adopted yesterday by the
FCCQ board of directors on behalf of some 30 Chambers of Commerce among
the organization's 155 active member chambers representing businesses
in 25 economic sectors in every region of Quebec.
The declaration expresses the business community's shared concerns over
some of the new government's decisions, and also expresses a desire for
The declaration reads in part as follows:
"The business community, as represented by the FCCQ, sees that the
Quebec economy is functioning weakly at present; the rate of growth
will be less than 1% this year, in contrast to at least 2% average
growth during the past 25 years. This reflects the vulnerability of the
recovery, especially in North America and Europe.
"In such a tense climate, it is essential that the government and social
and economic stakeholders stand shoulder to shoulder, and work together
to put Quebec back on the road to growth and prosperity. This is just
what Quebec has succeeded in doing on many occasions in the recent
past, under Liberal and PQ governments alike.
"The FCCQ would like to remind the government that our overall economy
has its constraints which cannot be simply denied. These must be faced
with rigour and ideally in a joint effort. The Federation reiterates
its willingness to cooperate with the government in a frank and open
dialogue for economic growth.
"The board of directors of the FCCQ finds it regrettable that major
decisions made so far by the new government are contrary to this spirit
of dialogue and cooperation.
Major decisions have been announced in a hasty manner, without
consultation with the communities or businesses most directly affected
and without the least assessment of their effects on the economy.
A major tax increase has been announced, particularly on capital gains,
which is actually an undue tax on success, even for small investors.
Measures that effectively maintain or increase provincial revenue have
been abolished without identifying areas where spending will be
Even before the findings of strategic environmental studies are known,
major reservations are being expressed about the possible exploitation
of natural gas and even certain oil fields, when these sources could
create a great many jobs and revenue for the province.
Draconian changes have been announced to the conditions imposed on
natural resource development companies, and there is a good chance that
this may halt the economic recovery that has begun in many of Quebec's
natural resource regions.
The Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export, which had
succeeded in establishing ongoing communications with companies
throughout Quebec in supporting their efforts to promote business
growth, both locally and internationally, is being dismantled.
"Instead of accentuating the ideological gaps between the so-called rich
and the middle class and exacerbating antagonism between ecologists and
developers, the FCCQ urges the government to work more closely with
entrepreneurs and businesses so that every opportunity to create wealth
and employment might be taken advantage of for the benefit of Quebec as
a whole and its regions. We support respect for the three key
components of sustainable development: the economy, the environment and
"The FCCQ invites the government and the business community to come
together in a joint effort to preserve the reputation of Quebec. We
must prevent observers elsewhere in Canada and in other countries from
perceiving Quebec, from our messages, as having become a place where
private sector investment is unwelcome. This would be destructive for
our businesses, which often need to find financing outside Quebec, and
for attracting new investment."
About the FCCQ
With a network of over 150 Chambers of Commerce, the Fédération des
chambres de commerce du Québec represents more than 60,000 businesses
and 150,000 businesspeople involved in all sectors of the Quebec
As the largest network of businesspeople and companies in Quebec, the
FCCQ strongly supports member interests in matters of public policy to
promote an innovative and competitive business environment.
SOURCE: FEDERATION DES CHAMBRES DE COMMERCE DU QUEBEC
For further information:
Fédération des chambres de commerce du Quebec
Telephone: 514-844-9571, extension 3227