An update on legislation, developments and political discussions affecting local businesses.
Sunday, Oct. 6:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the signing of a declaration of intent to conclude a new tax agreement between Canada and Malaysia to promote trade and investment between the two countries.
Monday, Oct. 7
The Government of Canada launched the 2013 Canada Savings Bonds Program sales campaign, which runs until Dec. 1, 2013.
Industry Minister James Moore announced that the proposed acquisition of the Allstream division of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) by Accelero Capital Holdings will not be allowed to proceed.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
Mr. Harper announced the Government’s plan to launch a pilot project that will facilitate Canadian business travel to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies.
Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney addressed business leaders at the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto about the government’s plans to tackle skills and labour shortages across the country.
Treasury Board President Tony Clement addressed the Government Technology Exhibition and Conference in Ottawa regarding the modernization and streamlining of government IT supporting back office operations.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Minister of Public Works and Government Services Diane Finley addressed Canada’s Government Technology Event (GTEC) 2013 in Ottawa, highlighting the government’s vision for more efficient operations through savings, security and better service by engaging the private sector.
International Trade Minister Ed Fast launched the first meeting of the Canada-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Business Forum in Singapore.
National Defense Minister Rob Nicholson announced the appointment of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Plouffe as the new Commissioner of the Communications Security Establishment.
Thursday, Oct. 10
Minister of Public Works and Government Services Diane Finley announced the appointment of Lori O’Neill and the re‑appointment of Marc Ouellet as members of the board of directors of Defence Construction Canada.
Friday, Oct. 11
Liberal member of provincial parliament Bob Chiarelli (Ottawa West–Nepean), Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Conservative MP Royal Galipeau (Ottawa–Orléans) marked the commencement of tunnel construction for the Confederation Line light-rail transit system that is to be built through Ottawa.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the appointments of Colin Dodds, Monique Jérôme-Forget and Hassan Khosrowshahi to the board of directors of the Bank of Canada.
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