Media Advisory - Canada's largest business association sets out election platform: Perrin Beatty to address Economic Club of Toronto

    TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - As voters prepare to go to the polls on
October 14, the CEO of Canada's largest business network will set out the
Canadian business agenda. Perrin Beatty will outline the Canadian Chamber of
Commerce's strategy for helping Canadian businesses succeed in the global
economy and set out the questions the politicians need to answer. The Canadian
Chamber of Commerce will be unveiling "An Action Plan for a Competitive
Canada" on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 during a speech to the Economic Club of
Toronto. This report represents the views of the Canadian Chamber's members on
issues that will have a major impact on the prosperity of our nation, and the
standard of living and quality of life of every Canadian.
    While the Canadian Chamber's initiatives cover a broad spectrum, each one
contributes to improving Canada's competitiveness. What is the greatest threat
to Canada's economic security for the future? Complacency. While we've been
making improvements every year, others have been improving faster. We can take
nothing for granted, and are falling far short of our potential as a country.
The change that we need in Canada isn't incremental; it's transformational.
And you won't do that unless you set your sights high. The rest of the world
will not wait for us to get our act together and global competition is growing
every day. By formulating and implementing smart policies and programs,
government can lay the foundation and provide a framework for lasting economic
prosperity that will enable Canadian businesses and individuals to achieve
great things for the common good. As the election campaigns continue, it will
be critical to bring a greater degree of focus on the competitiveness
challenges facing Canada.

    Media are invited to attend this event, taking place at the Fairmont
Royal York, Tudor Room, 100 Front St West, Toronto, from 7:45 am to 9:00 am on
Tuesday, September 23, 2008. Mr. Beatty will be available for interviews
following the speech. Copies of the report will be available on site, as well
as on our website: at 9:00 am EST on September 23.

For further information:

For further information: Katie Anderson, Director, Communications, (613)
238-4000 ext. 231, Cell: (613) 797-1860,

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