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Coalition for a Better Future FES media statement

NOVEMBER 3, 2022

OTTAWA–The Coalition for a Better Future welcomes the commitment in the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement to advancing long-term economic growth and spurring business investment in Canada. 

The Coalition, whose members are committed to strengthening the post-COVID economy to help all Canadians, was encouraged by the pro-growth measures announced by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. Saying Canada is at an historic crossroads, Freeland focused much of the fall economic statement on planned government incentives to encourage business to invest in sustainable technologies here that will help grow our economy and both create and maintain good jobs. She said Canada must move quickly now that the U.S. has launched a massive green technology program next door.

"We want to applaud Minister Freeland for the sense of urgency she brought to the Fall Economic Statement,” said Coalition Co-chair Anne McLellan. “We agree Canada is at a pivotal moment in its history, a time when Canada can lead by creating an industrial strategy that is inclusive and sustainable. Our 139 member organizations from the private and charitable sectors are here to help," she said. 

Co-chair Lisa Raitt said Freeland’s statement is a step in the right direction but more federal support will be crucial. "It's important that Canada remains competitive with the United States' recently announced Inflation Reduction Act, and we've seen some positive steps today. But we believe more investment will be needed in the months to come," Raitt commented. 

At the Coalition for a Better Future, we believe this is a moment for Canada to be ambitious. If we act now, with purpose and focus, we can build the most inclusive, sustainable economy in the world.

For more information please contact:
Rosemary Thompson
Executive Director
Coalition for a Better Future
rosemary.thompson@canadacoalition.ca
(613) 240-6739

News release

Coalition for a Better Future and the Victoria Forum working together to bridge divides

AUGUST 29, 2022

The Coalition for a Better Future is thrilled to appear at this year’s Victoria Forum, which runs from August 28 – 30. Now, more than ever, we need all levels of government, all sectors of society, and Canadians from coast to coast to work together to ensure a better quality of life for all.

As the Coalition enters its second year, it continues to call on governments to commit to a long-term plan for economic growth that is inclusive and sustainable that will be measured over the next decade through its Scorecard of 21 internationally recognized metrics. The Forum is strongly supporting these efforts by facilitating constructive dialogue, collaboration and forward-thinking by focusing on results and building bridges between different groups. Speakers at this year’s Forum include senior economists, business, civil society and Indigenous leaders, government representatives, and senators.

“Throughout the past two years, Canadians have seen firsthand why a resilient economy is so critical to the country’s future,” said Dr. Saul Klein, Chair of the Forum and Dean of the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. “The pandemic, supply chain bottlenecks, rising inflation and concerns about the cost of living have exposed the deep vulnerability of our society and country to external factors.” 

These themes will be the central focus of a panel discussion at the Forum entitled, “Building Resilient and Sustainable Communities and Economies.” Chief Executive Officer of the Royal BC Museum and Coalition Advisory Council member Alicia Dubois will participate in the panel along with Senator Lucie Moncion and Danny Graham, Chief Engagement Officer at Engage Nova Scotia. Coalition Executive Director Rosemary Thompson will moderate what promises to be a lively discussion.

“Sustainability is critical, from both social and environmental perspectives. We are shining a spotlight on the need for economic growth in a way that ensures equity and positive impact. This is a central focus of the Coalition’s work,” said Dubois. “We will continue to call on governments and civil society to do their part.”

About the Coalition for a Better Future 
Co-chaired by the Hon. Anne McLellan and the Hon. Lisa Raitt the Coalition for a Better Future is a broad-based organization representing 134 organizations in the private and not for profit sectors who are asking for a long term economic strategy for Canada focused on economic growth that is inclusive and sustainable. Now entering its second year of operations the Coalition is the place where all sectors of society can meet to discuss complex issues to create consensus that will lead to great prosperity for generations to come. 

About The Victoria Forum
The Victoria Forum aims to create a space that enables people to connect across boundaries.  The event brings hundreds of participants, representing different levels of government, business, academia and civil society. The Victoria Forum develops a final report with recommendations for the Canadian government, and distributes it at various levels of government.

For more information please contact:
Rosemary Thompson
Executive Director
Coalition for a Better Future
rosemary.thompson@canadacoalition.ca
(613) 240-6739

News release

Coalition for a Better Future marks one year of rallying Canadians around call for inclusive, sustainable growth

Now more than ever, the Coalition’s work is crucial to build broad consensus on the way forward

AUGUST 5, 2022

With Canadians facing mounting economic uncertainty, the Coalition for a Better Future is marking one year of rallying the country around the need for a long-term plan for inclusive, sustainable economic growth.

Since its inaugural Summit last October, the Coalition’s vision for Canada has started a national conversation and won broad support across the country, with a membership of 131organizations and counting. The Coalition has sustained steady momentum through the hard work of Co-chairs Hon. Anne McLellan and Hon. Lisa Raitt, the advisory council and staff.  

“We need a long-term plan to address the effects of an aging population, inequality in the workplace, and climate change. Our work is more important than ever as Canadians face an increasingly uncertain economic future,” said McLellan.

Historically high levels of inflation, higher interest rates, affordability issues, labour shortages, housing shortages, supply chain disruptions, the war in Ukraine, a health care crisis, and climate change are among the many challenges confronting Canadians.

The Coalition’s Scorecard provides a comprehensive blueprint for Canada to reach its full economic potential, with 21 metrics based on figures from the OECD andStatistics Canada. There are three distinct areas for action — growing sustainably, living better and winning globally.

If the public, private and non-profit sectors make progress in these areas, it will lead to economic growth for the country.

“This isn’t about casting blame for a lack of progress. Nor is it about placing the responsibility on any one level of government. All Canadians — governments, businesses, civil society, and individual citizens — can and must roll up their sleeves and work together to achieve results,” said Raitt.

The Coalition is working to build consensus among business leaders, environmental organizations, Indigenous groups, and community and youth leaders who all believe now is the time to take decisive action on economic growth. This work will continue in earnest in the year ahead.

Work is already underway to measure Canada’s progress on the Scorecard metrics, with a reporting event planned for early 2023.

For more information please contact:
Rosemary Thompson
Executive Director
rosemary.thompson@canadacoalition.ca

STATEMENT

Statement on Budget 2022

APRIL 7, 2022

The Coalition for a Better Future applauds the federal government for recognizing that economic growth is critical to the long-term prosperity of Canadians. Budget 2022 is a good first step, but what we need urgently is a comprehensive long-term plan for economic growth that is inclusive and sustainable.

The Coalition has developed a scorecard of 21 OECD metrics that if followed would ensure Canada has one of the most competitive economies in the world. The Coalition for a Better Future represents 131 organizations in the private and not-for-profit sectors ready to work with all governments to chart a course for a greater quality of life for Canadians.

Our members are ready to build a better country together.

Rosemary Thompson
Executive Director
rosemary.thompson@canadacoalition.ca

media advisory
media advisory

Coalition co-chairs Lisa Raitt and Anne McLellan available for comment on budget day

APRIL 4, 2022

OTTAWA — The Honourable Lisa Raitt and The Honourable Anne McLellan, co-chairs of the Coalition for a Better Future, will be available for comment following the tabling of Budget 2022 in the House of Commons on Thursday, April 7.

The Coalition is a diverse and growing community of like-minded people and organizations in the private and not-for-profit sectors, speaking with a unified voice for a long-term plan for economic growth that is inclusive and sustainable.

Budget 2022 is an opportunity for the government to take important steps toward building a more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable future for all Canadians by embracing a much higher level of economic ambition for our country. The decisions made now will determine our country’s path for years to come. 

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Melanie Rutledge
Director of Operations
Coalition for a Better Future
info@canadacoalition.ca  
(613) 816-0823

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