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Industry Canada

August 24, 2010 17:30 ET

Minister of State Moore Meets with Small Business, Tourism and Information Technology Leaders in Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2010) - The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), today held a series of roundtable meetings in Edmonton. The Minister of State discussed challenges facing business owners and the leading role the federal government is playing to help position Canadian small businesses for success.

"Our government is committed to creating the best possible climate for small business growth," said Minister of State Moore. "We are continuing to consult small business owners across Canada to help us achieve that goal."

The Minister of State highlighted the government's efforts to cut red tape, emphasizing the successful reduction in paperwork burden for small businesses by 20 percent. He also assured business leaders that the government would continue to work on their behalf.

"Business has told us of the compliance burden it faces. We have listened and are taking action," continued Minister of State Moore. "That is why we announced the creation of a Red Tape Reduction Commission to reduce the administrative and paperwork burden on Canadian businesses."

Tourism being of great importance to the Edmonton economy, discussion turned to the development of the Federal Tourism Strategy (FTS). An FTS framework was announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in June 2009 to help strengthen Canada's economy as the tourism sector grows and creates new jobs for Canadian workers.

"The right strategy will help Edmonton's tourism sector become even more competitive over the long term," said Minister of State Moore. "It will build on investments through Canada's Economic Action Plan in parks, historic sites, recreational trails, festivals and events, and the domestic and international marketing of Canada as a top tourism destination."

Minister of State Moore also met with leaders in Edmonton's information technology community, discussing issues important to the industry, including work on a digital economy strategy. He noted that the government's consultations on the strategy had ended successfully in July and that the submissions were now being reviewed.

"We are examining submissions from a wide range of stakeholders," said Minister of State Moore. "To continue to build Canada's economy, we need a cohesive, multi-year strategy to place Canada at the forefront of the digital economy."

Further details on the FTS and a digital economy strategy will be announced in the coming months.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Rob Moore
    Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
    Sean Phelan
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations