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CCCE welcomes action plan to resolve Port Metro Vancouver dispute

The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) welcomes today’s move by the federal and B.C. governments to resolve the two-week work stoppage at Port Metro Vancouver and return the port to full operation.

“Canada’s major ports are vital engines of the national economy,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the CCCE.  “Today’s announcement of a 14-point action plan to resolve the strike by container truck drivers represents a solid step forward. It is essential that all sides now come together to restore normal activities at the port and limit the economic impact on businesses and workers across the country.”

The plan to resolve the dispute was unveiled by The Honourable Lisa Raitt, federal Minister of Transport, The Honourable Todd Stone, British Columbia’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer of Port Metro Vancouver.  Alongside measures to ensure that truck drivers receive fair compensation, the plan is intended to create a more stable trucking industry and reduce truck wait times at container terminals.  The plan is based on recommendations by federally appointed advisor Vince Ready.

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Parliament of Canada Federal budget charts a clear course to balance, CCCE says

The 2014 federal budget presents a plan for returning Canada to a select group of nations with balanced budgets by 2015.

“Balancing the federal budget and maintaining discipline to pay down the debt are not only the right things to do, they are essential for Canada’s global competitiveness,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).

He added that the CCCE is also looking to provincial governments for their balanced budget plans. “At a time when the economy is growing, it is essential for all levels of government to prepare for any future downturns,” Mr. Manley said.

The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country.

Mr. Manley also highlighted the opportunity for the federal government to identify long-term strategic priorities that deserve discussion in the run-up to next year’s election. These priorities were outlined in a pre-budget letter to the Minister of Finance.

“A top priority – one that will require Ottawa to work closely with the provinces and territories – is a national labour market strategy that will help equip young people … Read more »

Flag of Mexico Lift visa requirements for Mexican travellers, business leaders say

The Government of Canada should establish a clear timetable to eliminate the onerous visa requirement for travellers from Mexico, says The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
 
As a first step, Canada could begin by announcing that it will waive the requirement for Mexicans who already hold valid U.S. visas, Mr. Manley said.
 
Canada imposed the visa requirement on Mexican travellers in 2009 to deter bogus refugee claimants. Since then, Ottawa has tightened Canada’s refugee rules, dramatically reducing the number of false asylum claims. The visa requirement , however, remains in place, creating a significant hurdle for Mexican tourists and business visitors.
 
Mr. Manley was commenting in advance of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s planned meeting next week with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama in Toluca, Mexico. It will be the first trilateral continental summit since President Peña Nieto assumed office in December 2012.
 
To mark the visit, the CCCE is today publishing a report on the Canada-Mexico relationship by Laura Dawson, a trade policy expert and President of Ottawa-based Dawson Strategic. Titled Canada’s Trade With Mexico: Where we’ve been, where we’re going and why it matters, … Read more »

Business leaders note progress on Border Action Plan, but urge governments to move further and faster

The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) welcomed today’s release by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama of the second annual Beyond the Border Action Plan Implementation Report. 

The report details progress made to date across all areas of work under the Action Plan, which was launched two years ago with the aim of enhancing economic growth and job creation in both Canada and the United States by streamlining cross-border travel and trade.

“Although the Action Plan has not yet had a transformative effect on cross-border commerce, today’s Implementation Report does offer clear evidence of progress,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CCCE.

For example:

  • Enrolment in NEXUS, a program designed to expedite the border-clearance process for pre-approved travellers, has increased 50 per cent in two years. In addition, the two governments have opened new NEXUS lanes at land-border crossings and now allow NEXUS-approved passengers to use priority screening lanes at major airports.
  • A pilot project for U.S.-bound cargo arriving by ship at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, has reduced inspection times at the border to an average of 19 minutes compared two hours for shipments not included in the pilot project.
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Manley welcomes launch of the Global Markets Action Plan

Statement by The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, at the Government of Canada’s launch of the Global Markets Action Plan:

“With one in five Canadian jobs linked to exports, promoting Canadian commercial interests abroad is critical to our competitiveness and prosperity. The Global Markets Action Plan aligns Canada’s trade promotion resources to help Canadian companies take advantage of opportunities in high-growth emerging markets and traditional markets of strength. By identifying economic diplomacy as a key to advancing Canadian commercial interests, the federal government is ensuring Canadian companies have the support to succeed abroad.”

The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country. Its member companies collectively employ 1.5 million Canadians and are responsible for most of Canada’s private sector investments, exports, workplace training and research and development.… Read more »

US Customs form with Canadian passport Business leaders urge Canadian and U.S. governments to accelerate progress on border efficiency and regulatory cooperation

After two years of disappointingly modest progress, the Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation initiatives urgently need a strong push by the two governments, says The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
 
In advance of a meeting today with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and an exchange with 100 Canadian and U.S. business leaders in Detroit, Mr. Manley voiced concern that an historic opportunity to make border clearance and regulatory processes more efficient and predictable is slipping away.
 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama announced the Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation initiatives during a meeting at the White House in December 2011. The overall goal was to promote economic growth, job creation and competitiveness by streamlining cross-border travel and trade.
 
During 2012, the two governments took several preliminary steps toward that goal, including: the launch of a pre-clearance pilot project for rail cargo en route to the United States; enhancements to the NEXUS border program for pre-approved travelers; and the issuance of a Presidential order aimed at reducing unnecessary regulatory differences between the two countries.
 
Unfortunately, Mr. Manley said, the rate of progress since then has been disappointing. There … Read more »

North American CEOs urge U.S., Canadian and Mexican heads of state to strengthen regional economic competitiveness

Business Leaders Detail Recommendations on Intelligent Border Systems, Greater Regulatory Cooperation and North American Energy Security

Today, members of the Business Roundtable, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) and the Consejo Mexicano de Hombres de Negocios (CMHN) released a set of policy recommendations aimed at increasing North American economic integration and competitiveness. In a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and U.S. President Barack Obama, the organizations detailed three priority areas for action: intelligent border systems; greater regulatory cooperation; and North American energy security and sustainability.

The organizations wrote:

“…  [W]hile the North American marketplace has grown significantly over the last two decades and trade and investment among our countries is healthy and growing, our companies continue to face obstacles to doing business across and within our borders. We are concerned that these obstacles inhibit the competitiveness of our companies and workers who sell goods and services to one another and who make products together that we sell in the global marketplace.

“… More can and should be done to promote regulatory cooperation between our three countries, to facilitate the legitimate movement of people, goods and services throughout the North American market, Read more »

parliament budget 2013 for website Federal budget will improve skills training, but developing modern and efficient labour markets requires ongoing commitment, business leaders say

OTTAWA – The 2013-2014 federal budget includes a number of measures to address Canada’s labour market requirements, but much more needs to be done at all levels of society to ensure that skill shortages do not choke economic growth, according to the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).
 
“Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has put his finger squarely on the problem: far too many well-paid jobs are going unfilled because employers can’t find people with the right skills,” said The Honourable John Manley, the CCCE’s President and Chief Executive Officer. 

The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country.
 
“Companies across the country, in sectors ranging from energy and natural resources to construction, manufacturing and services, are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit employees with the right qualifications,” Mr. Manley said. “It’s a problem today, and if left unchecked it will only get worse, undermining opportunities for Canadian workers and contributing to slower economic growth.”
 
In today’s budget, Mr. Flaherty pledged: new funding for businesses to train unemployed and under-employed workers; expanded support for apprentices; more internships for recent post-secondary graduates; and increased assistance for … Read more »

99446779-cropped-700x3502 CEOs welcome progress in implementing Canada-U.S. border and regulatory cooperation plans

In the 12 months since the launch of the Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border and Joint Regulatory Cooperation initiatives, the two governments have achieved solid progress in several important areas, Canada’s business leaders say.

“By helping to streamline cross-border travel and trade, these initiatives are promoting economic growth, job creation and competitiveness,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE). The CCCE is the senior voice of Canada’s business community, representing 150 chief executives and leading entrepreneurs in all sectors and regions of the country.

Mr Manley was commenting on the release of two progress reports, one dealing with the Canada-U.S. Border Action Plan and the other on the Regulatory Cooperation Council Joint Action Plan. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama announced the two plans during a meeting at the White House in December 2011.

Today’s reports offer a range of examples of progress in improving cross-border travel and commerce, including:

  • The launch of a pilot project under which Canadian border guards screen international shipments at the Port of Prince Rupert for cargo destined to the United States by rail, without the requirement for a second inspection on the U.S.
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U.S., Canadian and Mexican Business Leaders Discuss Ways to Strengthen the North American Economy

Today, members of Business Roundtable (BRT), the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), and Mexico’s Consejo Mexicano de Hombres de Negocios (CMHN) issued a joint statement following a dynamic meeting in Washington focused on North American competitiveness, trade, and energy issues of common interest.

“BRT, CMHN and CCCE have a long history of working together to strengthen the beneficial economic ties among our respective nations.  While the North American market is huge, and trade between Canada, Mexico and the United States is healthy and growing, we need to seek ways to make our market more globally competitive.

“Over the past two decades, growth in North American trade and investment has promoted regional, cross-border supply chains that have benefited the United States, Canada and Mexico alike.  However, at a time of major change in the global economy, our organizations believe it is essential that we continue to enhance the ability of U.S., Canadian and Mexican companies and workers to compete internationally. 

“Our organizations endorse Mexico’s and Canada’s joining the United States and eight other Pacific Rim nations in the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.  The TPP will not only help strengthen North American economic ties, but also holds the promise … Read more »

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