The Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce hosted a roundtable meeting Friday with Prince Albert Member of Parliament Randy Hoback and members of the local business community. The meeting touched on a number of topics around trade and U.S. relations, following Mr. Hoback’s recent trip to Washington, DC, where he talked with U.S. legislators about the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
During the roundtable meeting, Mr. Hoback urged the business community to talk to their contacts about the benefits of cross-border trade, saying Canada needs to ensure U.S. legislators are aware of the importance of NAFTA to the Canadian economy.
Gordon Jahn, Chair of the Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said trade is an important aspect of the local and regional economy, and the Chamber appreciated the opportunity to provide members with more information. As an advocacy organization, the Chamber works to promote policies and initiatives that attract jobs and industry and make it easier to do business in Prince Albert, he said.
“From a business perspective, trade is an issue that impacts Prince Albert and the wider community and this was an opportunity for Chamber members to find out more about discussions with the United States and what can be done to advocate on behalf of business to promote and protect local industry.
“The Chamber, and our members, will be watching to see whether the U.S. plans to implement new policies around trade and we will continue to promote the benefits of cross-border trade.”