Provincial election from an Ottawa business perspective

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With the provincial election too close to call, the head of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on the issues the city’s business community will be following tonight.

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by Tom Pechloff

Ian Faris told the OBJ debt and deficit management are critical.

“We need a plan for fiscal sustainability. That’s our No. 1 issue,” he said.

The second issue is really a basketful of issues combined, Mr. Faris said.

“I’ll call it building a better climate to do business,” he said. “Access to skilled workers is certainly one of the main issues.”

The chamber’s Business Confidence Index, completed six months ago, found access to skilled workers to be the most important issue in the capital, followed closely by transportation and transit.

Not coincidentally, then, Mr. Faris says the third item on the business community’s wish list would be investment in infrastructure.

“The LRT has been a hot issue for a number of years in Ottawa and it was again an issue in this election where you had some parties supporting it and at least one not supporting it or potentially not supporting it,” he said.

Mr. Faris said there doesn’t appear to be any one party that can call itself the party of business.

“Not any one party has everything,” he said.

Not in his top three issues, but still important, are the cost of sustainable energy and lowering the corporate tax rate.

“The savings on taxes would give the needed capital to invest back in the business and improve productivity and hire workers,” he said.



Carleton-Mississippi Mills

NDP - John Hansen

PC - Jack MacLaren

Liberal - Rosalyn Stevens

Green - Andrew West


PC - Lisa MacLeod

Liberal - Jack Uppal

NDP - Ric Dagenais

Green - Gordon Kubanek


Liberal -Yasir Naqvi

NDP - Jennifer MacKenzie

PC - Rob Dekker

Green - Kevin O’Donnell

Ottawa South

Liberal - John Fraser

PC - Matt Young

NDP - Bronwyn Funiciello

Green - Matt Lakatos-Hayward


Liberal - Bob Chiarelli

PC - Randall Denley

NDP - Alex Cullen

Green - Alex Hill


Liberal - Marie-France Lalonde

PC - Andrew Lister

NDP - Prosper M’Bemba-Meka

Green - Bob Bell


Liberal - Madeleine Meilleur

PC - Martin Forget

NDP - Herve Ngamby

Green - Dave Bagier

Organizations: Ottawa-Centre

Geographic location: Ottawa, Mississippi, Ottawa South Ottawa-West

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Recent comments

  • Barry McKay
    June 12, 2014 - 18:06

    And this man is supposed to speak for the business community? With a multi-billion debt that is in danger of getting even worse and he won't pick a party - what a wimpy (Liberal) call!!

  • Don Anderson
    June 12, 2014 - 17:37

    “The savings on taxes would give the needed capital to invest back in the business and improve productivity and hire workers,” is simply not true. There have been many research papers written that explain why.