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NEWS RELEASE: June 24, 2019

New Alberta Chambers of Commerce research shows Jobs, Economy and Fiscal Competitiveness top priorities for business and public

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce recently launched a market research program on business and public priorities for the province following the 2019 Alberta election.

The first Alberta Perspectives online survey garnered over 714 business responses in the province from all sectors and business sizes. A public sample of 834 Albertans was surveyed through an online panel. Surveys were conducted between late May and early June with the help of The Strategic Counsel, a market research firm with offices in Alberta.

Key findings from the first survey in the ACC research program include:

Respondents firmly expect that oil and gas will continue to be important for the province's economy:

 

 

Respondents were also strongly supportive of using "Turn off the Taps" legislation to restrict oil and gas exports to BC in an effort to get the federal and BC governments to cooperate in building pipelines to the West Coast:

 

 

When asked to describe the province's financial situation, respondents were overwhelmingly concerned:

 

 

Respondents also did not find continued provincial deficits acceptable:

 

 

Ken Kobly, President and CEO of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce:

"What our research tells me is that it's all about jobs and the economy, and putting us on a fiscally sustainable path going forward. That's what our members wanted the provincial government to address, and what we promoted as priorities of business going into the Alberta election with our Vote Prosperity platform for a stronger, more competitive Alberta.

"When I see nearly 70% support for 'turning off the taps' I see a frustrated business community and a frustrated province, and it comes as no surprise. Had this survey been conducted last week after the federal government passed Bills C-48 and C-69, that support very well could have been much higher.

"Albertans are leading contributors to national shared prosperity through transfer payments, and historically as a province, providing employment opportunities for Canadians and a competitive environment where businesses could start up and grow.

"This level of support for taking a hard stance on protecting Alberta's right to economic development as an equal partner in Confederation is not a disease, its a symptom of poor national leadership.

"Our research also shows Albertans are very concerned about how we've been managing our finances and living beyond our means. They recognize tough choices are ahead to get our own fiscal house in order. It's time to restore fiscal balance so quality services are available for future Albertans, and this initiative is going to help with that.

"We surveyed on options to improve outcomes or reduce costs in health and education, and opportunities for economic diversification. We also asked the business to provide their insights for reducing red tape at the provincial and municipal level. The responses have been very interesting."

The executive summary of the Alberta Perspectives research report will be available on the ACC website in mid-July. The next survey will be conducted in the Fall of 2019.

NEWS RELEASE: June 20, 2019

 

Opinion: Approving Trans Mountain a start; now kill Bills C-69 and C-48

 

Approving the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion was a good decision for Canada, but only one piece of a critically important puzzle for balanced, responsible and sustainable economic development in our nation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s current approach on Bills C-69 and C-48, however, will irreparably scatter the rest of the puzzle pieces beyond reach.

Read the full opinion piece by Ken Kobly, President & CEO, Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Read the Alberta Chambers of Commerce media release with a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

Other opinion pieces by Ken Kobly on these issues:

Ottawa's leadership on resource projects in doubt - February 24, 2018

Ripple effects from permanent tanker moratorium will be nationwide – October 5, 2016