Office of the Premier / Business New Brunswick

Premier to visit Toronto to promote New Brunswick (09/03/30)

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March 30, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Premier Shawn Graham and Business New Brunswick Minister Greg Byrne travel to Toronto this week to spread the message to Bay Street executives that New Brunswick has lowered taxes to attract investment and jobs.

"Our government has set out a plan to stimulate the economy during this time of economic uncertainty, and that message needs to be communicated to businesses looking to relocate and expand," Graham said. "Our message is clear: businesses and people will have lower taxes in New Brunswick than anywhere else in the country, and this will mean better profits for companies that choose to do business in the province. In this way, the private sector will help us achieve our goal of self-sufficiency by 2026."

Byrne will begin the visit with a stop at the National Career Fair being held in Toronto on Tuesday, March 31, and Wednesday, April 1.

Tomorrow, the premier will address the Toronto business community at a luncheon hosted by the Economic Club of Toronto. The luncheon will be followed by a series of private meetings.

Byrne will host the region's New Brunswick ambassadors living in the Toronto area before participating in an East Coast Connected event, Coast and Cocktails.

"We must continue to bring our message to the business community to ensure it always has New Brunswick on the top of its mind when looking at new opportunities," Byrne said. "The growth of our economy demands that we create new job opportunities and ensure that we have the skilled labour available to fill those positions. Our focus on the economy and our population has been central to our government's efforts to emerge from this global recession stronger and faster than other regions of the globe."

The Premier and minister will visit the Canada's Next Top Ad Exec competition, which will be taking place in Toronto today and tomorrow. Two New Brunswick teams have reached the top 10.

"This visit will provide the minister and me with an opportunity to share our government's vision for economic development, self-sufficiency and population growth with the Toronto business community," Graham said. "The opportunities for investment and partnership between New Brunswick and Canadian businesses continue to grow in our province, and we feel there is no better time for them to become part of New Brunswick's growing business community."

For more information about East Coast Connected, visit www.eastcoastconnected.ca. For more information about the Economic Club of Toronto, visit www.ecot.ca.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-471-5554, e-mail, ryan.donaghy@gnb.ca.

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