Toronto Board of Trade

Toronto Board of Trade

September 05, 2007 15:34 ET

Toronto Board of Trade Urges Citizens to "Vote Toronto"

Board issues five-point agenda for October 10 provincial election

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2007) - The Toronto Board of Trade today issued its agenda for the upcoming provincial election, urging the city's business people and residents to "Vote Toronto" on October 10.

"Great businesses thrive in a great global city," says Board of Trade President & CEO Carol Wilding, "We're looking to the provincial parties to develop strategies that will help Toronto remain a great global city. Our members and all Torontonians deserve to see how the parties will handle the issues facing Toronto and its business community. Together, we can choose to 'Vote Toronto' and help secure our future."

Wilding says the province has a key role to play in supporting Toronto's economic growth, helping build strong infrastructure networks and ensuring the City has the ability to continue providing good public services. The Board's five-point agenda calls for:

1. Uploading social services and housing costs, which would save Toronto hundreds of millions of dollars a year

2. Providing a full rebate of the PST paid by municipalities to improve their finances

3. Eliminating the capital tax and reforming sales tax to enhance Toronto's and Ontario's competitiveness

4. Increasing investment in public transit to relieve congestion

5. Giving the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority (GTTA) the tools to build an efficient regional transportation system

"We have all three major party leaders coming to speak at the Board, starting with NDP Leader Howard Hampton tomorrow," notes Wilding, "We look forward to hearing from them how they would respond to the very pressing needs of their Toronto constituents."

The Toronto Board of Trade is the champion of a competitive and vibrant Toronto with a mandate to serve, represent and unite the city's business community. Founded in 1845, Canada's largest chamber of commerce operates at locations across Toronto. Further information about Board events, policies, advocacy and products is available on its website at www.bot.com.
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Contact Information

  • Glen Stone, Public Affairs Manager, Toronto Board of Trade
    Primary Phone: 416-862-4565
    Secondary Phone: 416-998-9458
    E-mail: gstone@bot.com