Advocacy Newsletter
January 17, 2019
Current Advocacy
Yesterday, the Alberta Government announced the Spring Session of the Legislature with a Throne Speech scheduled for March 18. 

Yet, an election could be held as early as the beginning of March. It is critical the business community engage candidates in every riding to promote the priorities of Alberta business – a strong, clear message from our network across the province is key.
ACC Vote Prosperity campaign is kicking into high-gear!
We are excited about all the new resources we were able to provide chambers to help with that task. Below are some of the additional updates members will be interested in!
We also want to encourage our membership to use the ACC as a resource.
Members of our team are available for questions, media and policy support, and to engage staff, communities, volunteers and members. If we are missing a resource that you could really use, let us know.
The dedicated Vote Prosperity microsite has also been updated.
We have improved the look and feel to improve visitor’s experience and engagement with our campaign. Content will continue to be updated as it becomes available throughout the campaign, as will local candidate’s contacts.

Visitors to the site will have the resources to:

  • learn more about the campaign & Vote Prosperity priorities

  • find fact sheets for each pillar

  • stay on top of the campaign activities taking place throughout our network

  • connect and promote Vote Prosperity to candidates using a template letter
2019 Alberta Election | Canada | Vote Prosperity Alberta

Vote Prosperity is an election platform by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, representing business priorities for the 2019 Alberta provincial election.

Read more
#VoteProsperity digital campaign
Follow us to keep up-to-date!

To help Albertans share campaign posts, articles and stories the ACC is tracking #VoteProsperity on Facebook and Twitter!

Our digital campaign will also target LinkedIn, a great place to share campaign stories and articles with member businesses and leaders - connect with us.

If your chamber has a news article or story being promoted in local media, please let us know and we'll make sure to promote it across the network. 
Letters to Candidates
A template letter for members, chambers and individuals is available on the website (.docx) Albertans can also use Vote Prosperity candidate forum questions (.docx) in a letter to candidates, asking each candidate to respond to the economic priorities facing our province. 
Engaging local media
ACC would encourage Albertans to engage local media to promote Vote Prosperity in your community. If you would like support engaging the media on Vote Prosperity, please reach out to the ACC.

Check out the great article earlier this week Serina Parsons, Executive Director of the Bonnyville Chamber of Commerce, encouraging local residents to read the Vote Prosperity platform before hitting the polls... Read Serina's Story
Vote Prosperity is a great opportunity for Alberta business to get active and champion the importance of free enterprise – in our communities, and with candidates striving to form the next provincial government. Our recommendations provide a prosperous path forward because when you vote for prosperity, Albertans win.

Please reach out to ACC staff if you need support, to share a success, or just to chat Vote Prosperity - we are here to help business get involved!
Jason Leslie
Communications Manager
780.425.4180 Ext. 4

Jonathan Seib
Policy Manager
780.425.4180 Ext.6

Ken Kobly
President & CEO
780.425.4180 Ext.5
(M) 780.975.1659
Headlines & News
5 Minutes for Business: There is no low carbon economy without a regulatory system that works
In this month’s 5 Minutes for Business, the Canadian Chamber takes a closer look at Canada’s energy sector and how Canada’s regulatory system is limiting the ability to get energy products to market.  

Canada’s energy resources are of strategic importance and getting support right for this sector is not about offering the sector loans; it is about creating a regulatory system that will get projects completed. Read More
Save the Date - January 22, 2019 - Data Fast Forward: A Prescription for Innovation, Balance and Trust.
Data Fast Forward: A Prescription for Innovation, Balance and Trust is the third and final installment of a three part Canadian Chamber of Commerce policy project report series on data governance.

This paper will be released on Tuesday January 22nd, 2019. The first two installments of this project were published in the fall of 2018 and can be found here:

Trudeau Shuffles Cabinet After Treasury Board President's Departure
Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott will take over for Scott Brison.
Following the resignation of Scott Brison as Treasury Minister, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet.
Read more about who has a new portfolio, and who's new to Cabinet:

(New) Hon. David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General

Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense

Hon. Jane Philpott, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government

Hon. Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services

(New) Hon. Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development