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Canadian exporters urge Harper to tackle economic issues

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Canada's exporters want re-elected PM Stephen Harper to get back to work quickly and to shore up th...

OTTAWA, Ont. — Canada’s exporters want re-elected PM Stephen Harper to get back to work quickly and to shore up the country’s economy, according to a release issued yesterday.

The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters called on Harper to turn his focus to the Canadian economy immediately.

“It may be the day after the election, but the challenges affecting the Canadian economy are too urgent and too critical for our new government,” said CME president Jayson Myers. “We have a new minority government whose sole mandate right now is to take urgent action to safeguard business investment, jobs, and incomes, and ensure economic growth.”

CME conducted a poll of CEOs in the two days preceding the election and all 419 respondents said an immediate plan of action for the economy should be Harper’s priority.

“We need Parliament to resume as soon as possible and we need an all-party consensus on a plan to boost investment in productive technologies, innovation, skills development, and public infrastructure,” added Myers. “This is not the time to play politics with the well being of Canadians. It’s time to act.”

The CME represents more than 10,000 Canadian companies, which account for about 90% of Canada’s exports.

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