These “mutual stakeholders” were asked to participate in one of three panel discussions on trade, workforce and growth. A panellist from each topic was then asked to answer these three questions.

  1. What is the federal government doing right?
  2. What barriers still exist?
  3. What can be done?

“Exploring Our Canadian Productivity Potential” was co-chaired by Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River and Chair of BC/Yukon Caucus, Randy Hoback, Member of Parliament for Prince Albert and Chair of Saskatchewan Caucus, and Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin and Chair of Alberta Caucus.

MP Zimmer was careful in disclosing what needs to be done in removing barriers that still exist, citing privacy agreements, but he did say work needs to be done in ensuring the most streamlined regulatory process.

“What I can say is that regulatory stuff is where we still want to change some of the regulations that are still affecting these companies, and ensure too that we we’re not having regulations come in that are obstructionist to competition in the market,” MP. Zimmer explains.

Also in attendance were federal parliament members and senators.

“This is the first time we have come together as a group to meet with regional stakeholders and we look forward to making this an annual event where we can all work towards seeing Canada continue to succeed well into the future,” said MP Zimmer on behalf of the three chairs in a press release.

MP Zimmer says in the long-run, residents of Western Canada will feel the affects of these large-scale discussions and planning processes with “mutual stakeholders” regarding the Canadian economy.

“When we help our job creators create new jobs, it simply relates to the taxpayers and they have jobs as a result,” MP Zimmer goes on to say. “…It involves all of us from the citizens of ‘Joe taxpayer’ all the way up to the corporations.”

MP Zimmer concludes by ensuring another meeting of this calibre will be held in the near-future, and at the point, the three chairs are deciding if it should be held in Saskatchewan or Alberta.