Kamloops Chamber touts advantages of minority government

By James Peters
May 10, 2017 - 11:45am Updated: May 10, 2017 - 6:21pm

KAMLOOPS — The president of the Kamloops and District Chamber of Commerce watched the election results with great interest last night.

Paul Ross says despite the BC Liberals being perceived as more business-friendly, the chamber had no rooting interest.

"We, as an organization, take a neutral stance on whoever forms the government," said Ross. "We will discuss with the government-to-be and the opposition and we work with any party that's involved in business issues and decisions."

Ross says, if the minority government situation remains, that has several advantages.

"What the outcomes are, there's many, but working with a minority government - the nice thing that could come of this is that, we have to look at the issue. We've got to get together and look at the actual issue and solve, as opposed to just (working) toward their political position."

Ross notes the chamber is working on about six resolutions it hopes to bring to the province as part of its ongoing lobbying effort.

One of those is a proposal for a home renovation tax credit, not dissimilar to a measure enacted by the federal government in 2009.

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