Hello Chamber Members,
With the recent provincial election, Alberta’s political environment has undergone a historic shift. Many of you will be connecting with media in the near future. It is our desire to inform you of the perspective that the ACC will be taking in regards to working with this new government.
While the election of Premier-Elect Notley and the New Democratic Party represents a significant symbolic shift in Alberta politics, we hope and believe that the practical impact and change that will occur under this new government will be more subtle than expected. Alberta’s strong economic foundation and underpinnings will continue to mean healthy growth in the long-term. Moreover, Premier-Elect Notley has indicated a desire to consult with business on key economic policy and the ACC will be there to advocate on behalf of our federation’s policies and provide advise to the new provincial government. This provides us with a positive outlook in regards to Alberta’s future.
The ACC has a long-standing reputation of working with both governing and opposition parties and ensuring that they remain aware of our policies and positions. All past opposition parties, including the NDP, have participated in our annual Political Action Day. Moreover, we have always encouraged our community chambers to maintain a politically neutral position to ensure that our federation has access to government regardless of which party holds power.
We will continue to advocate the policies charged to us by Alberta’s chamber federation with the same resolve that we have always had. We hope to secure a new date for our Political Action Day with the Premier as soon as possible so that you all have the opportunity to engage this new government directly.
We would encourage all community chambers to reconnect with re-elected MLAs and, further, to reach out to newly elected MLAs in the earliest possible time frame.
Please feel free to contact myself or Jonathan Seib, Manager of Policy and Communications, about our best practices in advocacy at firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com respectively.
President and CEO
The Alberta Chambers of Commerce