Harris government announces public consultations to ensure Ontario continues to be competitive

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Harris government announces public consultations to ensure Ontario continues to be competitive

TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - In an effort to ensure Ontario remains competitive, Economic Development and Trade Minister Bob Runciman announced today the Red Tape Commission will hold a province-wide series of meetings over the next few months with operators of small- and medium-sized businesses.
Designed to hear concerns about government red tape and barriers to business growth, the first meeting will be held in Western Ontario, on August 24.
"We want to hear about the barriers small business people face so we can take appropriate action to fix them," said Frank Sheehan, co-chair of the Red Tape Commission.
"By removing unnecessary red tape, we are helping to create a positive business climate that attracts investment and job creation," said Steve Gilchrist, co-chair of the Red Tape Commission. "The people of Ontario want to enjoy the benefits that a strong, efficient and growing economy provides."
The consultations will fulfil the government's promise to consult with small- and medium-sized business on barriers to business growth, an initiative that was announced in the April Throne Speech.
"The Commission is focusing its efforts on eliminating job-killing and investment-impeding red tape," said Gilchrist. "Red tape does not include measures that are truly needed to protect the public health and safety of Ontarians or to maintain environmental quality."
The Commission, which has helped many businesses and individuals with their problems, has amended outdated rules and regulations in order to make it easier to do business. This next round of meetings intends to continue that success.
"Economic competitiveness can never be taken for granted in the global economy of today," said Doug Robson, President of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. "I'm delighted to see that the Red Tape Commission is actively seeking input and advice from small- and medium-sized business across Ontario."
Meetings in other communities throughout the province will be announced in the near future. The findings from these meetings will provide advice to the Harris Government with concrete solutions to remove barriers to business.

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For further information: Mike MacKenzie, Executive Assistant, Red Tape Commission, (416) 325-8937