On Tuesday, May 17, Hugues Bourgeois, Executive Director of CMC, appeared before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade, and Commerce, as an invited guest. He participated in this meeting to discuss Part 1 of Bill S-6, An Act respecting regulatory modernization, which aims to streamline and update some of Canada’s federal regulations across many pieces of legislation.
In his remarks and the question/answer period, Mr. Bourgeois shared input on expected changes to minor regulatory issues affecting federally incorporated co-ops, provided ideas about how government can work more collaboratively with stakeholders, and urged senators to ensure co-ops and mutuals are part of the public policy dialogue when new programs or policy changes are being considered.
He also reinforced the importance of restoring a dedicated “co-operatives secretariat” (within the Government of Canada to enable collaboration between federal departments and the sector and provide a one-stop-shop for co-ops to engage with government. This secretariat model previously provided valuable support from 1987 to 2013 and CMC continues to advocate for it to be restored for the benefit of our members and the co-operative economy.
This meeting was a valuable avenue to raise the opportunities and challenges facing CMC members and the broader co-operative sector. CMC regularly engages with Members of Parliament, Ministers, Senators, public servants, and other federal officials to advance the objectives of our members. We coordinate closely with members to bring a unified voice to our government engagement.
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