Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada had the opportunity to meet with, and present to members of the All-Party Caucus on cooperatives on November 26. The meeting coincided with CMC’s meeting of delegates held in Ottawa.
Madame Hélène LeBlanc chaired the fifth Co-op Caucus meeting. President Léo LeBlanc, Executive Director Denise Guy and the president of government affairs committee Jack Wilkinson represented CMC. T Members of CMC’s Board were also invited to attend and participate the meeting.
Also presenting was Ms. Julie Cafley, Vice-President of Canada’s Public Policy Forum.
The CMC presentation focused on the need of for partnership with the federal government to create a comprehensive strategy for cooperative development and support for the Canadian Cooperative Investment Fund (FICC).
In view of the special committee on cooperatives report from 2012, entitled Situation of cooperatives in Canada, discussions also revolved around the possible review of the Canadian Cooperatives Act and mechanisms for reducing he bureaucratic burden for co-ops.
Denyse Guy commented on the report recommendations that asked the government to promote the cooperative business model inside government and to regional economic development agencies. She also touched on the role CMC is playing in Canada in promoting the International Co-operative Alliance Blueprint for Co-operative Decade.
Julie Cafley presented findings from the Public Policy Forum research, At the Vanguard of Canadian Innovation: Compilation of Co-op Case Studies. This research was conducted to profile innovations in the co-op sector across Canada and featured eleven case studies.
This was the second meeting of the All Party Co-operative Caucus in the fall session. There are four more scheduled for Spring 2015.