2018-05-15 - Fredericton Chamber of Commerce Launches Political Leader Series

FREDERICTON, NB ​(For Immediate Release)

On Friday, May 18, 2018, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce launches its 2018 “Political Leaders Series” at the Fredericton Convention Centre. The first leader to present to the chamber membership and the broader community is Gerald Bourque, leader of the province’s newest registered political party, Keep it Simple Solutions New Brunswick.

The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
May 25 – Kris Austin, People’s Alliance of New Brunswick
June 1 – Blaine Higgs, Progressive Conservative Party of New Brunswick
June 8 – David Coon, Green Party of New Brunswick
June 22 – Jennifer McKenzie, New Brunswick New Democratic Party

All sessions are hosted at the Fredericton Convention Centre, beginning with a reception at 7:30 am. Each presentation will be 8:00 am to 9:00 am, including a question and answer period. Sessions are open to the public and free to attend. Please register at ​www.frederictonchamber.ca​. The series is supported by the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick, the NBStudent Alliance and Ignite Fredericton.

“Engaging in the political process and providing an avenue for parties and citizens to exchange ideas is one of the ways our organization tries to bring value to our membership and the community,” said Keir Clark, chamber president. “The policy priorities and decisions of whichever party forms government in after the September election will have a major impact of the business community and our members want to be as informed as possible before making a decision.

The chamber is also currently soliciting questions on its website from members to ask local candidates in Greater Fredericton Area ridings.

“In addition to these candidate-based initiatives, we are also one of the business groups behind the ‘We Choose Growth’ campaign, where we want to ensure that all parties are well-aware of the business community’s priorities,” added Krista Ross, chamber CEO. “You can be sure that these priorities will be featured at each of the leader series events.”

We Choose Growth is an alliance of t​he Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, Conseil économique du Nouveau Brunswick, the New Brunswick Business Council, the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce, and the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce.

The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, a nationally accredited organization with nearly 1,000 members, is an active business organization engaged in policy development and advocacy that affects the competitiveness of our members and the Canadian business environment. The Chamber’s vision is ​Stronger ​ ​Community Through Business Prosperity.

​Contact: ​Krista Ross, CEO – (506) 458-8006