Chamber of Commerce support jobs plan

Local chamber president Vern Peever likes what he sees

The new Canada Starts Here: BC Jobs Plan, recently released by Premier Christy Clark, has captured the attention of chambers of commerce in the province, including local one.

Last week, South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) president Vern Peever said the plan shows the government is trying to make positive steps and is taking economic issues seriously.

Peever added his only concern is if it will be enough.

“I do think it’s a step in the right direction. Only time will tell if it is enough to help improve both the economy and increased job activity.”

The government is showing fiscal restraint in the plan, Peever said, adding being fiscally careful at this time is both understandable and reasonable.

“What is truly important is all levels of government and parties need to focus on what is best for British Columbia. Party politics need to be put aside when addressing the concerns of the people and keeping our province strong.”

Peever added he’s confident in the B.C. Liberal government’s ability to govern, and despite some reserve in judging the plan’s effectiveness just yet, his “hat’s off they are taking action.”

The premier’s parliamentary secretary John Les visited 100 Mile House on Aug. 15, and along with Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett, met with the SCCC members to talk about their local economic concerns and ideas.

The recently announced jobs platform demonstrates the government is listening, Peever said.

The BC Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) states its members across the province have a lot to support in the premier’s new jobs plan.

BCCC president and CEO John Winter said the plan provides a number of tools to let private industry grow the economy, it recognizes the important role of small businesses as job creators, and will provide more access to capital and streamline the permit and approvals process.

It will specifically support the export of natural resources to surging Asian markets, and focus on tourism, transportation infrastructure and education, Winter added.