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APBOT advocates for our members at Queen’s Park

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Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade 2016 Chair Paul Przybylo and Communications Specialist Nathan MacDonald joined boards of trade and chambers of commerce from across Ontario for OCC Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park on April 4th.

It was an action packed day that included meetings with senior government officials on selected policy issues. Przybylo met with senior officials from the Ministry of Labour to discuss potential changes to labour law and employment standards in Ontario. These issues can potentially impact every employer in the province so APBOT was pleased to get out in front of it.
MacDonald met with senior officials from the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure to discuss the vital need for access to high speed, broadband internet for all Ontarians. Access to reliable broadband has been a long-standing advocacy priority for this board of trade and APBOT is tabling a resolution at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting on the matter.

In addition to individual meetings, the day included an expert panel on advocacy best practicesPremier Wynne and Town Halls with prominent cabinet ministers including:  Hon. Brad Duguid (Minister of Economic Development, Employment, and Infrastructure); Hon. Reza Moridi (Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities); Hon. Steven Del Duca (Minister of Transportation); and Hon. Charles Sousa (Minister of Finance).

The day concluded with a closing reception with MPPs including cabinet minister and Pickering/Scarborough East MPP Tracy MacCharles. Premier Kathleen Wynne, PC leader Patrick Brown and NDP leader Andrea Horwath addressed the crowd in turn and all three leaders praised the chamber network and highlighted the value of the Ontario Chamber’s Emerging Stronger reports in shaping public policy in the province.
OCC Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park provided an excellent opportunity for APBOT to move our advocacy agenda forward with key decision makers in Ontario.