Montréal, April 23, 2014 – The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal congratulates the 26 new ministers, particularly the members of Parliament from the Montréal area, appointed by Québec Premier Philippe Couillard and sworn in today in the National Assembly.
“In the weeks leading up to the April 7 election, we emphasized the urgency of improving Greater Montréal’s business environment to make the city more competitive and prosperous,” said Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. “We would like to reiterate the importance of reducing individual and corporate tax burdens once the budget is balanced. We also have to increase the qualified labour available to companies, ensure adequate financing for public transit and step up efforts to rebuild the city’s strategic infrastructures. The Board of Trade will offer its full cooperation to Mr. Couillard’s team in tackling these challenges.”
“The Board of Trade is delighted with the mandate given to the new Minister responsible for Montréal, Robert Poëti, to waste no time in drafting a bill to give Montréal metropolitan status,” Michel Leblanc said. “This status must allow the city to identify new sources of financing, something that is essential to improving our economic performance and increasing the collective wealth of the entire province.”
About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is made up of some 7,000 members. Its mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater Montréal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.
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Michelle LLambias Meunier
Advisor, Media Relations
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Tel.: 514 871-4000, ext. 4042
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