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Industry Canada

August 23, 2010 16:26 ET

Minister of State Moore Meets With Small Business and Tourism Leaders in Banff

BANFF, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2010) - The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), today met with tourism and business leaders to discuss 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.

"Businesses have told us how red tape can be counterproductive to their day-to-day operations," said Minister of State Moore. "Our government is taking action on this issue through the creation of a Red Tape Reduction Commission to reduce the administrative and paperwork burden on Canadian businesses."

As tourism is a key economic driver in the town of Banff and community of Lake Louise, the Minister of State discussed the importance of supporting tourism growth and competitiveness in these areas and across the country. In particular, he noted the 125th anniversary of Banff National Park.

"This is a special year as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Canada's first national park right here in Banff," said Minister of State Moore. "Canada has one of the world's greatest national parks systems. We depend on these parks to attract visitors, generate economic activity and bring our natural heritage closer to Canadians."

Minister of State Moore also talked about the importance of the arrival of the first official tour groups from China last week. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding granting Approved Destination Status to Canada by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in June.

"This historic agreement allows Canada to market directly to Chinese consumers. This designation will result in more people travelling from China to Canada and will have a positive impact on the Canadian economy," noted Minister of State Moore.

The Minister of State also discussed the development of the Federal Tourism Strategy (FTS). An FTS framework was announced by Prime Minister Harper in June 2009 to help strengthen Canada's economy as the tourism sector grows and creates new jobs for Canadian workers.

Further details on the FTS 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