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Finance Minister Wes Sheridan
The size of the provincial deficit continues to be a major concern for the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber representatives presented their concerns to Wes Sheridan, P.E.I. minister of finance and municipal affairs, at pre-budget meetings in Charlottetown earlier this month.
The chamber focused its 2013 pre-budget submission on three major themes, including the province reaching fiscal sustainability, health care and education.
In its pre-budget submission, the chamber called on the province to address the growing debt.
The chamber has recommended the province develop a specific action plan that focuses on expenditure reduction with measurable, achievable targets.
The chamber’s 2013 submission also included its concerns on the province’s future labour market.
“It is felt as though we need a more refined vision for labour market participation of immigrants. Means of attracting and retaining skilled labour and capital is of crucial importance to the province,” said spokesperson Douglas Coles.