AED, industry leaders consider response to Canadian transition

Representatives from Associated Equipment Distributors and other heavy equipment industry leaders met in Ottawa on Oct. 29 to develop their strategy as Canada prepares for a major transition under new Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The meeting took a defensive tone as business owners discussed how to guard their interests and stability amid political uncertainty.

“As the new government takes shape, AED will continue to be a voice for increased infrastructure funding, tax policies that encourage capital investment, and more effective technical workforce development policies,” AED President Brian McGuire said. “The association will also be undertaking new initiatives to elevate our visibility, in particular with the 215 new members of Parliament. I encourage all AED members with Canadian operations to get engaged and become advocates for our industry.”

Over a dozen speakers from Canadian agencies, businesses and colleges spoke at the event. There were also several panel discussions on topics like customer industries and dealer costs of doing business.

Trudeau won the Oct. 19 election over Conservative incumbent Stephen Harper with just over 39 percent of the popular vote. He has pledged a two-year, $20 million infrastructure package that will have broad consequences for heavy equipment businesses and many companies that have become accustomed to operating under Conservative party policies for the past nine years are watching to see how the new government's policies will unfold.

Trudeau was sworn in Wednesday.

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