Increasing Minimum Wage is not as Simple as it Seems
The Newfoundland provincial government recently announced a review of the provincial minimum wage by a panel including representatives of labour and employers. Essentially this exercise is intended to determine whether or not it is advisable to increase minimum wage above the mandated annual increase based on the consumer price index.
ACC Asks for Federal Focus on Atlantic Canada’s Aging Population and The Cost of Providing Healthcare to Atlantic Canadians
Normally an organization like the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce concerns itself with issues related to the economy and taxation, advocating for an environment that encourages investment in the local businesses that create jobs and contributes to improved quality of life. But elections have a way of expanding the dialogue to issues that are critical for our communities, provinces and our region.
More than Carbon Taxes Needed to Combat Climate Change
The battle of words on carbon taxes has been raging for months, if not years, and was recently fueled further by the federal announcement about carbon tax programs for New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Coalition of New Brunswick Employers
New Brunswick residents are accustomed to paying a little more for goods and services each year; it’s called inflation and it’s a natural by-product of our economy. But how would you feel if the cost of a service you were obliged to pay nearly tripled within three years?
Candidates Need to Give us Something More to Pin our Hopes on This Election
Reading the national media’s coverage of the NB election this weekend was more than a little deflating and frustrating to me as stories about chocolate milk being the election issue proliferated mainstream media.
Embracing the ‘New’ in New Brunswick (June 2018)
Recently, I had the pleasure of moderating an insightful leader’s panel discussion as part of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s CEO Dinner Super Series on skills and immigration in Atlantic Canada that caused me to reflect on my own experiences with diversity and culture.
Looking for Natural Leadership for NB’s Economic Prosperity (May 18, 2018)
As we approach the provincial election in September, New Brunswickers should be evaluating many questions. Are we satisfied with the policies that influence our province’s financial health? Where should the government look to find money to pay for crucial services, such as: health, education and transportation infrastructure? What will it take to reverse years of decline in our population and economy?
Cultivating the Lead: Closing the Gender Gap in the Workforce (March 8, 2018)
On March 8th the world celebrates International Women’s Day, a day introduced by the Suffragette’s and first celebrated in 1911. Since that time, from political and economic to cultural and social, women have experienced many advances coming from decades of incremental change. But there is always more work to be done on the route to gender parity and collectively we all play a role in this.
As 2017 nears its end, Atlantic Canadians have good reason to be proud and optimistic. We have huge, under-exploited potential with our proximity to major markets, top-notch post-secondary institutions, abundant natural resources and energy potential, and vibrant R&D and technology sectors with more innovation taking place each day. But more than anything, Atlantic Canada has an incomparable quality of life—where else can a 20-year-old become rich selling clothes that advertise local pride?
Federal Government Needs to Extend the Tax Consultation Deadline (September 11, 2017)
Businesses across Canada are voicing well-founded concerns about the federal government’s proposed tax changes for privately-held corporations. The proposed legislation is one of the most significant changes to tax regulation in 50 years and the government has provided a mere 75 days (during summer) to provide feedback. The business community needs more time to assess these complex changes to fully understand the wide-spread impact this will have on small- to medium-sized businesses. We need Minister Morneau to extend the deadline beyond October 2nd, 2017 to allow for proper consultation.