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BC Chamber Resolutions to be presented to Government

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B.C.’s Chambers vote for energy reform, a new take on Property Transfer Tax, and oversight of product stewardship organizations


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Vancouver, May 24, 2014 – Business leaders from across B.C. have passed policies calling for energy policy reform, a new take on Property Transfer Tax and better oversight of product stewardship (recycling) organizations such as Multi Material BC. 

These policies were passed at the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting & Conference, the province’s foremost business gathering, held this year in Richmond May 23-24.

This unique grassroots policy-building forum brings together approximately 200 Chamber delegates from across B.C. to vote on new business/economic policies. Policies that are adopted become part of the BC Chamber’s advocacy agenda. This year, delegates are voting on nearly 50 proposed policies. Delegates voted on 26 policies yesterday (May 23); voting continues this afternoon.

Policies voted into force so far include:

  • Optimizing the Clean Energy Act for B.C.’s Economy and Environmental Policy Direction
  • Reconciling B.C.’s Natural Gas Economic Development Policy with its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Policy
  • The Importance to the Economy of Expanded Oil Pipeline Infrastructure
  • Property Transfer Tax Reform; Affordable Housing is Good for the Economy
  • Ensuring Affordable Product Stewardship Programs

Draft versions of these proposed policies are available on the BC Chamber website here; please note that these may not be identical to the versions passed, due to edits made on the floor.

Quotes from John Winter, president and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce:

On the BC Chamber policy process:

“Our policy development process canvasses the best and brightest ideas from business leaders right across B.C. Once again this year, this unique grassroots process has delivered some excellent policy recommendations to help enhance B.C. as a business jurisdiction.”

On energy resolutions:

“Energy policy is paramount in B.C. Our Chambers are calling for some changes to current policy to, among other things, reconcile B.C.’s ambitious economic policy on files such as LNG with our current greenhouse gas reduction policy.”

On the Property Transfer Tax resolution:

“Affordable housing is an important part of a strong economy but a continuing challenge in B.C., particularly in the Lower Mainland. B.C.’s Chambers are proposing some additional relief from Property Transfer Tax for B.C.’s new home buyers, while offsetting this lost revenue by raising the tax for non-residents of Canada. This approach is similar to what’s been done in other real estate investment jurisdictions such as Paris, New York and Hong Kong.”

On the product stewardship resolution:

“Our membership has seen first-hand the costs that product stewardship organizations such as Multi Material BC put onto B.C. businesses. Our policy calls for better oversight of this type of organization to ensure that any costs put onto businesses are fair, clear, and manageable.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:57

September Chamber Lunch Meeting

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THE NEXT CHAMBER LUNCH MEETING IS SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 On Thursday, September 19, the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce’slunch meeting will take place at the Pioneer Place Activity Centre, 4018Mountainview Drive (beside Walnut Park School and behind Coast Mountain GM)In order toincrease energy literacy and educate British Columbians about the natural gassupply chain and the many benefits natural gas brings to our lives, SpectraEnergy Transmission West and FortisBC are partnering to deliver a new naturalgas education program, Natural Gas: Benefits for B.C. On Thursday,September 19 the natural gas education program will be visiting theSmithers District Chamber of Commerce. Robert Whitwham, Vice President,Canadian LNG for Spectra Energy, will be giving a presentation on theprogram. This presentation will illustrate how B.C.’s natural gas industry is… a critical component of our economy a key revenue source creating jobs innovative a clean energy solution.Rob Whitwham is vice president of Canadian LNG, thecompany’s business focused on developing significant liquefied natural gas(LNG) infrastructure opportunities in Western Canada. In that capacity, he isresponsible for all commercial and non-technical matters related to thecompany’s joint venture with BG Group to develop a multi-billion dollar naturalgas system to serve a new LNG facility on Canada’s west coast, and the pursuitof other LNG opportunities. Prior to assuming his current role in 2013,Whitwham served as vice president of pipelines for Spectra Energy TransmissionWest, responsible for the commercial aspects of the company’s transmissionpipeline assets in Western Canada. He previously served as general manager ofmarketing and regulatory affairs for Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, ajoint venture of Spectra Energy, Emera Inc., and ExxonMobil Corporation.Whitwham joined Spectra Energy’s Union Gas in 1982 and held various  management positions in operations, engineering andlabour relations.   In 1998, Whitwham led a group pursuing gastransmission and distribution business opportunities in Mexico for WestcoastEnergy’s international division. In 1999, he joined Maritimes & NortheastPipeline as lead of the company’s business development group.  Whitwham is a professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciencedegree in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master ofBusiness Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo,Ontario. Whitwham also holds a master’s certificate in project management fromSaint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Whitwham serves on the board ofdirectors of the Western Energy Institute, a regional association that servesthe electric and gas industries in the western United States and Canada. He isa past director and vice chair of the Offshore/Onshore Technologies Associationof Nova Scotia. Following the presentation, Rob Whitwham willbe available for questions.Advanceregistration only for the this and all monthly lunch meetings so please callthe office at 250-847-5072 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve your seat at this luncheon. Please RSVPby 5:00 pm Tuesday, September 17, 2013 $20.00 for members, $30.00 forpotential new members.Please know that the Chamber isresponsible for paying spaces for registered guests who end up not attending,so we ask that you inform us a day in advance of not being able to attend so wecan change booking numbers.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 September 2013 13:45

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