Vote your concerns!

Vote your concerns!

< Back to Articles | Topics: Working for you | Contributors: Kathleen MacEachern, Policy Analyst, Halifax Chamber of Commerce | Published: August 29, 2019

October won’t just mean the start of pumpkin spice everything; it will also bring about another election season. The Federal election might mean a change of Canada’s democratic leaders or it could stay status quo. Whatever your political beliefs (or lack thereof) may be, we at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce encourage you to vote! We hope that all our members take the opportunity to vote, but for those of you that are on the fence, here are a few reasons why you should:

1. The results do affect you:
Don’t want taxes to increase for your small business? Vote for a party that says they won’t. Want to ensure our climate stays hospitable? Vote for the party that says they care. If you don’t know who these candidates are? Check out their party web pages where their platforms, news articles and events should be listed. Also, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce provides a party platform comparison that might help you decide.

2. It’s easy:
First, check now to see if you’re registered on the Elections Canada website. If you are you can also find on that same website where and when to vote. You have options. You can vote in person on election day, at an advanced poll, at your local Elections Canada office or even by mail. If you’re not registered, contact Elections Canada, or by phone: 1-800-463-6868 and they will send you a voter registration form by mail, email or fax.

3. It’s your right:
Not everyone in the world can say they have the right to vote in elections. In Canada, every citizen over the age of 18 can vote. It’s your responsibility to exercise this right.

So, what is the Halifax Chamber focused on this election season? Good question. We are focusing on issues that align with our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan and with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Another great way to learn more about party platforms is to ask your candidates a few questions when they knock on your door. We have created a few policy-focused questions for you, but feel free to ask your own as well!

• What current Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs will your party support (or continue to support) and what new funding/programs will you add to ensure our youth gain the skills and training needed for the jobs of the (near) future?

• Why does your party believe a predictable investment climate is important for business? How will your government ensure a predictable climate for investment? What are your top investment priorities?

• The federal tax changes for family businesses (2017) caused Canadian business owners a great deal of unnecessary stress and worry, will your party support a full federal tax review? If not, why not?

• What do you see as Halifax’s main energy source in 10 to 15 years and how will we get there?

• Climate change. What is your party planning to do about it?

• Nova Scotia has had a significant increase in population due to immigration. How do we ensure our retention rate will remain high and what other support will be utilized to further increase our population?

• How will your party support greater and easier interprovincial trade? Would the Canadian-wide implementation of the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) or something similar be a viable option?

• Red tape is often seen as the top issue facing entrepreneurs and business owners. What will your party do to ensure there is a decrease in the regulatory environment to enhance business prosperity in Canada?

Just remember:


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