On Friday, January 15, 2021, the Advocacy Committee met with MP Ryan Turnbull to discuss various topics regarding business support in our community and working towards economic recovery. On the agenda were items including business grant programs, agricultural sector support, infrastructure upgrades, broadband, and taxes.
We also were able to follow up on some of the Advocacy Committee’s requests from previous meetings. An example of this is, were the changes to the rent subsidy program for businesses. At our meeting last summer, the committee like many businesses and associations, expressed our dissatisfaction with the existing program. MP Turnbull supported our position, and the program has been altered to allow businesses to apply for rent relief.
In addition, we discussed many items of interest to the business community:
- Support packages for specific industries
- Tax changes for large industries and high net worth individuals
- Implications of tax avoidance
- Climate plan and incentives
- Sustainable finance (green bonds and other financing tools)
- A sustainable and diversified procurement
- Government deficits
We appreciate the time MP Turnbull made to discuss issues and opportunities impacting our members. If you have any questions for MP Turnbull or other elected officials, check out our Ask A Leader program.
John Baynham, CIM®
Retirement Income Group | President