Press Release from the office of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce:
Meeting with the Honourable Peter Van Loan, M.P. with Members of the Canada Ukraine Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday January 16th, 2013
TORONTO, ON: At the request of Bernard Trottier, M.P. for Lakeshore-South, a meeting was arranged between the Hon. Peter Van Loan and members of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce (CUCC) on January 16, 2013 held in the Boardroom on the premises of the Head Offices of the CUCC. The focus of the meeting was to give members of the CUCC an opportunity to express concerns, both domestic and foreign, and to provide input for consideration by the government ahead of next month’s anticipated federal budget. In addition to the CUCC representatives from the Canadian business community, the meeting was also attended by prominent community activists including Paul Grod, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Bohdan Onyschuk, President of the Canada Ukraine Foundation and Zenon Potichny, President and CEO of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.
After a brief networking session, the meeting facilitator, Mr. Trottier, introduced the attendees and made a short PowerPoint presentation outlining Canada’s Economic Action Plan. He then turned the meeting over to the Hon. Mr. Van Loan who initiated a roundtable discussion where each of the CUCC attendees, in turn, outlined their individual issues and questions that were followed by a response from Mr. Van Loan.
Major themes addressed during the dialogue included increased RRSP contributions for citizens over 55 years of age; concerns regarding personal and corporate taxation for small and medium sized businesses; continuation of Canada’s Free Trade negotiations with Ukraine, as well as the possibility of opening an Export Development Canada (EDC) office in Kyiv to promote development of an export market for Canada in Ukraine. The members also raised issues regarding housing and real estate markets in Canada and attracting foreign investment into those areas and the need to create an amenable tax structure which would encourage Canadian businesses to reach higher thresholds to counteract foreign commercial domination of domestic markets.
The two-hour discussion would up with the Hon. Mr. Van Loan expressing his gratitude to Mr. Trottier for facilitating the meeting with a note that point raised far surpassed his initial expectations. In conclusion, CUCC President, Mr. Potichny, presented a token expression of thanks to the Hon. Mr. Van Loan on behalf of the CUCC. A photo opportunity ensued.
For more information about this event, or for any questions about the Canada Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, please call the office at 416 253 6700 or visit our website: www.cucc.ca .
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