Newmarket-Aurora election candidates respond to local business community
Newmarket-Aurora federal election candidates responded to concerns from the local business community through a chamber questionnaire.
The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce has allowed candidates to answer questions provided this week following the canceled virtual debate scheduled for September 16. Conservative Harold Kim, Liberal Tony Van Bynen, NDP Yvonne Kelly and Independent Dorian Baxter all responded.
House President and CEO Tracy Macgregor said they were pleased candidates took the time to answer business-related questions.
“This is an important election as we look to the economic recovery and the reconstruction of the hardest hit sectors,” she said. “We look forward to working with our elected representative to help build a strong future for our businesses and our community. “
Candidates provided opening video statements and written responses to the same four questions. The chamber has called on all candidates to submit, although Green candidate Tim Flemming and People’s Party of Canada candidate Andre Gagnon have yet to release nominations by September 17.
When asked how to help Newmarket businesses facing labor and skill shortages, Kim said people are the biggest part of the economic recovery. He also said the party would prioritize immigration programs to those with skills in sectors facing shortages.
“We have to get people back to work, enjoying the work they are doing after so many months of uncertainty,” Kim said. “The Conservatives will give workers the opportunity to take training and take back control of their lives. We are doubling the apprenticeship program, investing in the Skills Training Fund and providing the Canada Work Training Loan.
Van Bynen said extending the take-over hiring program until April will make it easier for companies to hire new employees in the short term.
“We need to continue to make investments that will give our young people the skills they need to take on the jobs that so many of our local businesses need,” said Van Bynen, citing the Canada Summer Jobs program.
Kelly said his party would also keep rent and wage subsidies short-term, and recognized the role of the federal government in skills training in areas of labor shortage.
“Other aspects of ensuring a sustainable workforce are the cost and quality of daily life, which includes the cost of housing, child care, internet and public transport, all areas in which the NPD will invest heavily, ”she said.
Baxter said he is a team player who would seek to tap into the collective wisdom of the business community to resolve the issue.
“This issue would be a high priority for me,” Baxter said. “That, combined with my interpersonal and communication skills, would certainly spawn viable and powerful initiatives far beyond my individual capabilities. “
You can find candidates’ complete answers to all questions at newmarketchamber.ca/2021-rencontrez-les-candidats.