An alliance of six business associations representing over 4,000 businesses in New Brunswick -- including the GMCC -- has announced its pre-election platform, We Choose Growth. The group is asking each of the provincial parties to commit to actions that support five priority areas of growth in their election platforms.
The group of organizations believes that New Brunswick has a choice to either manage growth or to manage decline and they have unanimously chosen growth as their top priority. Growth in jobs, in population, in public revenues and in New Brunswick’s prosperity. The group is urging party leaders to address each of the five priority areas in their 2018 election platforms.
The alliance of organizations released its blueprint for economic growth on March 19 at Malley Industries in Dieppe to help focus the dialogue leading into this year’s provincial election. The five proposed priority areas will require a strong commitment from government but will help New Brunswick reach its full potential. The priority areas to foster are: a private sector driven economy, responsible resource development, export-ready companies, labour force development, and responsible fiscal management.
“It’s a simple choice in our minds. We will all be relying on the next leader of the Province of New Brunswick to make the right choice for all New Brunswickers—to manage our growth or to manage our decline. And I can tell you right now the business community’s choice is to manage growth,” said John Wishart, CEO of the Greater Moncton Chamber.
“The provincial economy is lagging behind and will continue to do so if we do not do something to turn the tide. It’s time to make decisions that extend beyond election cycles and to make choices to spur growth because the status quo is no longer an adequate response to our failing situation.”
The group came together in the summer of 2017 to develop solutions to the declining state of the economy. They are united in the belief that the role of government is not to create jobs, but to create a climate which attracts business investment to the province and encourages existing business to invest and grow here in the province.
“We are calling on the leaders to meet with us and to consider our recommendations. There are urgent needs to be addressed in our economy, such as people, jobs, and creating a cost-competitive environment for business to grow,” says Adrienne O’Pray, President and CEO of the NB Business Council. “As business leaders and problem solvers, we asked ourselves what actions would improve New Brunswick’s performance in these areas. We agreed the next government must focus and commit to fostering our private sector, our natural resources, our export capacity, our labour force and getting our fiscal house in order— if the choice is growth for New Brunswick then these are the areas that will move us to growth and reverse the decline.”
The five economic priorities are fully supported by the following business associations who work every day to grow New Brunswick’s economy: Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, Conseil économique du Nouveau Brunswick, New Brunswick Business Council, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce, and the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce.