Board of Trade launches municipal issues campaign

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The St. John’s Board of Trade is launching a campaign to make voters aware of candidates’ positions on key topics as the Sept. 24 municipal election approaches.

“Any election is an opportunity for people to say to candidates, ‘This is what we want for our future,’ and that’s exactly what we are encouraging,” said Board of Trade chairman Denis Mahoney, according to a statement released by the board Wednesday that says it’s “putting the policy into politics.”

The Board of Trade, partnering with the Telegram, will be asking “issue-specific questions” of all candidates on key issues, including city infrastructure, development and population growth.

The board is also aligning with other groups to engage voters and promote public dialogue.

Those groups include the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, which advances discussion and promotion of economic and societal development, and non-profit group Happy City, which encourages public discussion of civic issues.

The campaign is part of the board’s regular involvement in municipal affairs, including meeting elected officials and senior bureaucrats, as it lobbies on behalf of business owners, which the board considers crucial to “maintain a competitive business climate” in St. John’s.

 

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Organizations: Board of Trade, Leslie Harris Centre

Geographic location: Happy

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  • Board of Trade for Premier
    July 18, 2013 - 14:17

    Why does a business association feel the necessity to get involved with and influence elections? Their members should just vote like everyone else and stay away from influencing the campaign. The Board of Trade endorsed the Muskrat Falls project without seeing the financial arrangements because those details are kept secret. How can you build a business if you do not know how much that business will cost you?

  • Turry from town
    July 18, 2013 - 10:14

    Don't forget to ask the candidates how they plan to generate tax revenue from people who commute to town every day to go to work and pay no municipal taxes so that residents of the city are not paying for all the necessary infastructure for everyone in the region.