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August 18, 2010 22:41 ET

Minister of State Rob Moore Consults Small Business and Tourism Industry Leaders in Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2010) - The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), today met with a number of small business and tourism industry leaders at roundtable events in Sault Ste. Marie. 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 sustained growth.

"Our government continues to consult small business owners as we help create one of the best business climates in the world," said Minister of State Moore. "I intend to return to Ottawa with some new ideas on how to improve conditions for these two important segments of our economy."

At the small business roundtable, the Minister of State congratulated business owners for helping lead the region's post-recession turnaround. He also discussed the government's efforts in cutting red tape — highlighting the successful reduction in red tape for small businesses by 20 percent. However, he assured business leaders that there is more work to be done.

"In Budget 2010 we announced the creation of a Red Tape Reduction Commission. I look forward to launching this initiative so we can pinpoint areas where reform is most needed," he said.

At the tourism roundtable, the Minister of State spoke about the Federal Tourism Strategy (FTS). The FTS was announced by Prime Minister Harper in June 2009, and will help strengthen Canada's economy as the tourism sector grows and creates new jobs for Canadian workers.

"In developing the FTS, our main priority is the long-term competitiveness of the visitor economy," said Minister of State Moore. "The time is now for Sault Ste. Marie, for Ontario, and for the whole country to make our mark as marquee tourist destinations."

Further details on the FTS will be announced in the coming months.

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