The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce extends congratulations to the new provincial cabinet announced Friday morning at the Confederation Centre.
The Chamber welcomes the new Department of Workforce, Advance Learning and Population and congratulates the Honourable Jenn Redmond on her appointment as Minister of this department, which will focus on growing PEI’s workforce, growing training opportunities with post-secondary institutions, and implementing a population strategy.
The Chamber also congratulates the Honourable Gilles Arsenault in his appointment as Minister of Economic Development, Innovation & Trade, and looks forward to working with Minister Arsenault, Minister Redmond, and their fellow ministers on issues such as:
- A workforce that provides opportunities and supports economic growth.
- Affordability/cost of doing business.
- A tax system that is fair, leaves more money in the pockets of Islanders, and makes PEI an attractive place to live and do business.
- Programs and funding to support immigration and businesses’ ability to hire newcomers.
- Working with private sector developers to pursue a housing strategy that fosters development and increases housing supply, while directly supporting those who are experiencing housing challenges in alternative measures.
- The Partnership for Growth’s economic action plan.
The Chamber thanks the Honourable Bloyce Thompson for his work as the previous Minister of Economic Growth Tourism & Culture, and congratulates him on his new roles as Minister of Agriculture; Minister of Justice, Public Saftey & Attorney General; and Deputy Premier.
We also thank Matthew MacKay for his work as the previous Minister of Social Development and Housing, meeting with our Chamber where we shared the concerns of rental restrictions from landlords and developers in our membership and discussed how housing is impacting labour recruitment and retention. We look forward to meeting with the Honourable Rob Lantz, new Minister of Housing, Land and Communities, to continue this conversation and our advocacy.
The Chamber will reach out with meeting requests to discuss priorities for the business community moving forward, along with meeting requests with the Official Opposition and Third Party.
Click here for a full list of members of the new Cabinet.
About The Chamber:
The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce connects business and community and is PEI’s largest business advocacy organization with more than 1,150 members. For more information on the Chamber, visit www.charlottetownchamber.com.