With the announcement Monday, by NDP leader John Horgan, that government has been dissolved and that a provincial election will be held on Oct. 24, the Delta Chamber of Commerce and its province-wide BC Chamber of Commerce network of 150 Chambers and 33,000 businesses will be paying close attention to the election platforms presented – and will be doubling down on its efforts to ensure the parties that want to form government know that more work is still needed on the economic recovery plan.
Last Thursday, the provincial government shared details of its Economic Recovery Plan, Stronger BC. In addition to broad consultation and recommendations, the Stronger BC Plan took into consideration the BC Chamber of Commerce Economic Recovery Submission, which urged big thinking needed to keep B.C. competitive, innovative, and inclusive.
Now with the election being called, the Chamber will be stepping up its efforts to ensure the voice of its member businesses here in Delta are heard on significant issues like the George Massey tunnel replacement, EHT reforms, and small business property assessments that continue to threaten our business growth south of the Fraser.
“The Delta Chamber of Commerce is pleased that the B.C. government listened to our Chamber network in the development of their recovery plan. However, we are still waiting to hear about the next steps for the George Massey Tunnel replacement project,” said Garry Shearer, Executive Director at the Delta Chamber of Commerce. “This critical infrastructure project is long overdue and now – more than ever – is needed to attract and retain businesses and employees in Delta and other communities south of the Fraser.”
Speaking to attendees at a virtual Fireside Chat Tuesday morning, Shearer called on the business community to “pay attention to this election campaign and participate in the debates and dialogue that will determine our future in Delta. We look forward to hearing from you and adding to your voice on the changes that we need to support a vibrant economy in Delta.”
The Delta Chamber will be hosting all-candidate meetings for North and South Delta in the coming weeks. Times and locations (virtual) will be published early next week.