McGuinty Government Consults With Business Community In Toronto

    Discussions With Small And Medium-Sized Businesses Will Help Set

    TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government held a regional
consultation with small and medium-sized businesses from across the Greater
Toronto Area (GTA) in Toronto today, said Minister of Small Business and
Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar.
    "The GTA offers tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurs and small
business owners," said Takhar. "These discussions are an opportunity to hear
first-hand about the challenges facing the business community and also to
share ideas and solutions for the future."
    Takhar led the discussions, which will help the ministry set priorities.
Laura Albanese, MPP for York South-Weston also participated in the
    "Small business plays an important role in maintaining strong
communities," said Albanese. "Through working together we can ensure our small
businesses remain competitive and continue to generate jobs and prosperity."
    "Toronto benefits from having a vibrant and diverse economy," said George
Smitherman, MPP for Toronto-Centre. "Today's consultation will bring forward
solutions we can implement to ensure that Toronto's small business community
remains strong."
    Today's consultation is part of a five-stop tour across the province.
Takhar held consultations in Mississauga (November 14) and Ottawa
(November 19) and will also be meeting with business owners and operators in
Sudbury. Parliamentary Assistant Sophia Aggelonitis hosted the regional
consultation held today in Chatham.
    "The economic regions of Ontario face diverse challenges and offer unique
advantages," said Takhar. "Today's discussion is another example of the
McGuinty government and local business communities working together to ensure
that Ontario remains a great place to conduct business."

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For further information:

For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, (416)
326-1939; Mark Ingram, Communications Branch, (416) 325-4776

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