Port Hardy Chamber lobbies for ferries, broadband

PORT HARDY-Local Chamber of Commerce attends May 22-24 BC Chamber AGM in Richmond.

PORT HARDY—The Port Hardy & District Chamber of Commerce are representing the views of local businesses at the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference, which began today and runs through May 24 in Richmond.

“We’ll be attending this event to make sure our local businesses’ views are heard and understood at the provincial level, and that our local needs help drive the BC Chamber’s policy and advocacy agenda,” said Carly Pereboom, Executive Director of the Port Hardy Chamber.  “Our main focus will be the amendment to the Transportation Policy in regards to BC Ferries, the Airport Divestiture Policy that is going to be addressed on the floor, as well as broadband and the capabilities of these services in rural communities.”

The BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference is held in a different B.C. community each year. The event is the largest annual business policy-building forum in the province.

Every year, member Chambers of the BC Chamber develop and submit policies for the consideration of their peers. This year, 45 policies have been forward and will be voted on at the AGM policy sessions. Each policy must receive two-thirds of votes to pass. If the policy passes, it will become official BC Chamber policy, and the BC Chamber will advocate it to appropriate tiers of government.

“We will take stands on the proposed policies, based on what our community needs,” said Pereboom. “We are proud to be going to the BC Chamber AGM, to enable our community to actively shape business advocacy in B.C. and to be heard on a Provincial level.”