Strengthening Québec - Ontario Trade

    MONTREAL and TORONTO, Dec. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fédération des chambres
de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce have
strengthened their collaboration in order to improve and inform talks between
their respective governments. Québec Premier Jean Charest and Ontario Premier
Dalton McGuinty signed a joint trade agreement on November 26, 2007.
    "We want to pool our efforts to open up avenues for reflection by the
governments and suggest concrete steps for promoting trade between the two
provinces," emphasized Françoise Bertrand, President and CEO of the FCCQ.
    Like the talks undertaken by the Ontario and Québec governments, the
initiative of the two organizations is aimed at eliminating trade barriers and
improving labour mobility, measures that are sure to have an impact on
reducing costs and enhancing business productivity.
    "By ensuring our governments are aware of the challenges and issues
facing our members, as well as some potential solutions, we hope to make their
deliberations more meaningful" explains Len Crispino, President & CEO of the
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
    A formal agreement will be signed by the Fédération des chambres de
commerce du Québec (FCCQ) and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in early 2008 to
lay the groundwork for cooperation between the two organizations.

    About the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ)

    Through its large 162-chamber of commerce network, FCCQ represents
57,000 members active in all economic sectors and throughout Quebec. As the
most important network of Quebec business people and businesses, FCCQ is the
fervent advocate of its members' interests with regard to public policies and,
in this way, nurtures an innovative and competitive business environment.

    About the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

    The OCC represents over 57,000 businesses through 160 local Chambers of
Commerce and Boards of Trade, and has been Ontario's business advocate since
1911. Its advocacy and policy initiatives focus on six areas key to the
economic well-being of the province: health; education; energy; finance &
taxation; transportation & infrastructures; and border issues.

For further information:

For further information: Stéphanie Lincourt, Director of Communications,
Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ), (514) 844-9571, ext.
3240, Cell.: (514) 467-7220,; Amy Terrill,
Director, Media Relations & Communications, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, (416)

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