SCHAUMBURG, ILL. — The Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) is pointing to several promises from Canada’s recent speech from the throne delivered by Gov. Gen. Julie Payette as important to their membership.
AED priorities highlighted by the speech include public transit, rural broadband and other infrastructure projects as well as substantial investment in training workers for in-demand jobs and an extension to the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy, an AED release stated.
“The Canadian equipment industry looks forward to working with all parliamentarians on policies that spur economic growth and job creation,” AED president and CEO Brian McGuire said in a statement.
“The speech from the throne demonstrates that AED’s message urging infrastructure investments and addressing the skilled labour shortage is resonating at the highest levels of government and we’ll continue to push the association’s pro-growth policy agenda to ensure Canada builds back better than ever.”
The statement cautioned that “while the Liberals put forth an ambitious agenda, it’s unclear how much they’ll accomplish before the next election since the government is in a minority situation.”
AED is based in Schaumburg, Ill. and maintains a presence in Canada through a monthly newsletter sent to Canadian equipment dealers, a Canadian Policy Update and engagement with policymakers in Ottawa on tax and trade policies, infrastructure investment and workforce development issues.