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Parliamentarians Must Move Swiftly to Boost Canadian Productivity, Chief Executives Say

Canada’s leading CEOs and entrepreneurs are urging Members of Parliament from all parties to make a concerted effort to increase Canadian productivity and improve our country’s ability to compete globally for people, ideas and investment.

In a major paper delivered to Members of Parliament today, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) offers 10 specific recommendations that could be implemented quickly and should be capable of winning cross-party support in the new minority Parliament.

The CCCE also puts forward five more ambitious ideas that are intended as catalysts for a broad national discussion about how to drive Canada’s economic and social progress over the next decade.

“It is time to think big about what Canadians can achieve and how to get there from here,” says the statement, titled From Bronze to Gold: A Blueprint for Canadian Leadership in a Transforming World.  The statement is signed on behalf of the CCCE’s 150 member chief executives by Richard L. George, Chairman, and Thomas d’Aquino, Chief Executive and President.

The CCCE is a non-partisan organization composed of chief executives from all regions and sectors of the Canadian economy. Member CEOs lead companies that collectively administer close to $3 trillion in assets, have … Read more »

Business Leaders Congratulate Stephen Harper, Pledge to Work With New Conservative Government

Chief executives and entrepreneurs from across Canada are congratulating Conservative Leader Stephen Harper on his victory in yesterday’s federal general election and have pledged to work with the new government in strengthening the country’s foundations for achievement in the decades to come: economic competitiveness, social progress and good governance.

“Canadians have given Mr. Harper a mandate for change,” said Thomas d’Aquino, Chief Executive and President of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE). The CCCE is a non-partisan organization composed of the CEOs of 150 major enterprises and leading entrepreneurs, representing all regions and sectors of the Canadian economy.

“Mr. Harper and his party will be forming a government at a time when Canada is facing serious and growing challenges to its ability to generate continuing growth and prosperity,” Mr. d’Aquino added. “During the campaign, Mr. Harper showed that he understands both the depth of these challenges and the need for bold action to accelerate Canada’s quest to be among the world’s most progressive and innovative countries.”

“As business leaders, we welcome his resolve and look forward to working with his team in pursuit of the Council’s long-standing goal, a goal that we all share: making Canada the best Read more »

Date November 24, 2005 Related Issues

Business Leaders Welcome Quick Action on Income Trusts

Comments by David Stewart-Patterson, Executive Vice President, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, in reaction to the federal government’s decision to improve the tax treatment of corporate dividends:

“The intense national discussion of the income trust issue over the past two months has shown a strong consensus within the business community and among investors on three issues: the need for quick action to resolve uncertainty in financial markets; the principle that the tax system should be neutral in its impact on choices about how to structure a business; and the importance of reducing the imbalance in the tax system between trust and corporate structures by cutting the tax burden on corporate dividends.

“The increase in the dividend tax credit is a significant personal tax cut, and for taxable Canadian investors, puts dividends paid by companies paying the general corporate income tax rate on an equal footing with income trust distributions.

“This is good tax policy, and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives welcomes the decision by Finance Minister Ralph Goodale to move quickly. His decision provides the certainty that investors have been seeking and levels the tax playing field in a way that improves the incentives for Canadians to save … Read more »

New Focus on Competitiveness is Welcome, but Canada Needs More Ambitious Strategy, Business Leaders Say

New measures on taxation, trade and innovation announced today in Finance Minister Ralph Goodale’s economic and fiscal update represent important first steps toward a more ambitious strategy for enhancing Canada’s productivity and competitiveness, says the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).

“The package unveiled today moves the competitiveness agenda forward, but Canada must go further and faster if we want to maintain and build on Canada’s success within a rapidly transforming global economy,” said CCCE Chief Executive and President Thomas d’Aquino.

The CCCE, which is composed of the chief executive officers of 150 leading Canadian enterprises, welcomed several key measures that will contribute to a more competitive economy, including:

  • Acceleration of the promised elimination of the federal capital tax by two years, to 2006 from 2008, in addition to the continuing commitment to legislate the corporate income tax cuts announced in February 2005;
  • Promise of a new round of cuts in personal income tax rates, including an increase in the threshold for the top marginal rate to $200,000, although most of these cuts will not kick in until 2010;
  • Commitment of $480 million over five years to an ambitious trade strategy that will expand Canada’s commercial presence abroad, in addition
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Business Leaders Welcome Federal Initiative on Securities Regulation

The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) enthusiastically welcomes the decision by federal Finance Minister Ralph Goodale to launch a federal-provincial discussion on reform of securities regulation.

“The flow of money around the world is growing with astounding speed. Canadian companies need more efficient access to capital. Canadian markets need to attract greater investment from abroad. Canadian investors need stronger protection and better access to investment opportunities,” said CCCE Chief Executive and President Thomas d’Aquino.

“Canada’s current system of 13 provincial and territorial regulators is too fragmented, too costly and too slow to manage change in this global environment. Canada needs a single regulator for its securities markets.”

The CCCE recently launched a major initiative aimed at improving Canada’s competitiveness. In a June 2005 statement signed by the Executive Committee, Canada First! Taking the Lead in a Transforming Global Economy, the CCCE highlighted the role of fragmented regulation of securities markets in reducing business investment and inhibiting productivity growth.

“We are delighted to see the government begin to focus more intensively on issues related to productivity and economic growth, and we are committed to working with the federal and provincial governments to find a way to move toward a … Read more »

CEOs of Leading Companies Launch Major Initiative to Strengthen Canada’s Competitiveness and Prosperity

The chief executives of 150 leading corporations today launched a major initiative aimed at boosting Canadian productivity and positioning the country to compete more effectively in the global economy.

“As leaders of Canadian enterprise, we are concerned about the future of our country,” the business leaders say in a 3,700-word declaration titled Canada First! Taking the Lead in a Transforming Global Economy.

The statement was released by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) and signed by all seven members of its Executive Committee.  In addition to Thomas d’Aquino, the CCCE’s Chief Executive and President, they are Richard L. George, Dominic D’Alessandro, Paul Desmarais, Jr., Jacques Lamarre, Gwyn Morgan and Gordon Nixon, the chief executives respectively of Suncor Energy Inc., Manulife Financial, Power Corporation of Canada, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., EnCana Corporation and Royal Bank of Canada.

The statement recognizes that by most economic and social measures, Canada appears to be in good shape.  But beneath the seemingly healthy surface, there are many disturbing signals: runaway growth in public spending, a tax structure that is biased against investment, a fragmented, costly and overly complex regulatory structure, lagging productivity, a poor record of attracting foreign investment, and declining levels of public … Read more »

Date April 26, 2005 Related Issues

Business Leaders Say Rollback of Corporate Tax Cuts Threatens Investment, Jobs and Social Programs

The federal government’s agreement in principle with the New Democratic Party to roll back corporate tax cuts sends a message to the world that Canada is losing interest in competing for investment and jobs, says the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).

The tax cuts of the past five years have had a dramatic impact in stimulating job creation, raising incomes and boosting tax revenue for governments, but as Prime Minister Paul Martin himself has acknowledged, the world is changing quickly and radically, said the CCCE, a non-partisan organization composed of the chief executives of 150 leading Canadian enterprises.

“Governments around the world increasingly are turning to tax policy as the most effective tool in their arsenals for attracting new investment, accelerating economic growth, raising family incomes and funding social programs,” said CCCE Chief Executive and President Thomas d’Aquino.

The C.D. Howe Institute noted in a new study released today that the corporate tax cuts in the 2005 budget combined with those of earlier years will stimulate $56 billion in capital investment by Canadian businesses, raising Canada’s Gross Domestic Product by $5 billion a year and creating 340,000 jobs at little fiscal cost to Canadian governments.

Since 1997, 25 of the … Read more »

Business Leaders Welcome Budget Commitments on Prudence, Taxation and Canada’s Role in the World

While expressing concern about the overall rate of spending growth in the federal budget tabled yesterday by Finance Minister Ralph Goodale, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) welcomes its bedrock commitment to fiscal prudence, its recognition of the importance of more competitive tax rates and its allocation of significant new resources to Canada’s military and international presence.

“Sound fiscal policy, debt repayment and tax cuts have been key drivers of the strong economy that has enabled the government to make so many commitments to improving the quality of life of Canadians.  We need to keep reinvesting in our economy in order to sustain these commitments, and the budget takes some important steps in the right direction,” said CCCE President and Chief Executive Thomas d’Aquino.  Key elements of the budget include:

Competitive taxation

Competitive corporate tax rates are the most cost-efficient way for governments to attract business investment and create jobs.  The budget notes that falling corporate income tax rates in the United States threaten to erode Canada’s modest advantage in this area, and responds with the elimination of the corporate surtax, imposed to fight deficits that have not been seen in eight years, and with a further reduction of … Read more »

Date February 23, 2005 Related Issues

Comments by David Stewart-Patterson on Today’s Federal Budget by Finance Minister Ralph Goodale

The following are comments by David Stewart-Patterson, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), on the 2005 Federal Budget tabled today in the House of Commons by Finance Minister Ralph Goodale:

“The biggest concern for business leaders is the overall rate of spending growth.  Much of the new spending is going to meet very important priorities, from improving health care to strengthening our armed forces.  But overall program spending is up by 12 percent this year and has grown 44 percent over the past five years.  I doubt that many Canadians have seen their paycheques rise that fast, and unless Canada continues to enjoy strong economic growth, I am worried that the government may not be able to sustain the many commitments it has made to improving social programs.

“I am encouraged that the government has recognized the importance of a competitive tax regime, and in particular of keeping Canadian corporate incomes tax rates significantly below those in the United States in order to attract more investment and jobs.  The elimination of the corporate surtax and the further reduction of two percentage points in the corporate income tax rate, starting in 2008, are important steps forward.  These … Read more »

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