Good exchange of ideas, says its president
National Revenue Minister Gail Shea met with members of the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce as part of her pre-budget consultations.
AMHERST – The president of the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased with a meeting members of his organization had Monday with National Revenue Minister Gail Shea.
David Mosley said the meeting, which included Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong and representatives from various county municipalities, was a frank discussion and he’s confident the minister left the meeting with a number of new ideas to help create economic opportunity in the region.
“I found it to be a very productive meeting,” Mosley said. “There were a lot of ideas brought forward and some very good suggestions on how to move this part of Nova Scotia forward.”
Mosley said one of the chamber’s priorities is enhancing transportation services locally so people can continuing living here while taking advantage of the jobs that should come with the new shipbuilding contract in Halifax.
While the transportation infrastructure has been allowed to deteriorate with the reduction of passenger rail service, Mosley believes a high-speed service between Moncton and Halifax would allow people to stay locally while working in Halifax.
Mosley said the chamber also had some questions about how Ottawa distributes research money and grants. He said the chamber supports funding for university research, but has questions about providing money to some private business and not others.
Shea said in a news release that the consultations were aimed at engaging Canadians in discussions about their priorities and ideas for achieving the best use of taxpayer dollars leading up to the 2013 budget this spring.
“Our government’s top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” Shea said. “We recognize that small businesses in communities like Amherst are essential to job creation. We are committed to working with them as we continue to make progress with our Economic Action Plan.”
Armstrong said face-to-face consultations are the best way to get input from business.
“Talking directly to Canadians is the best way to get input in how to help fuel job and economic growth in Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley and across Canada,” Armstrong said. “Indeed, in the past, many of the ideas brought forward in local roundtable meetings have been reflected in the actual federal budget.”
The federal government has also launched an online consultation tool at www.fin.gc.ca.