Canadian Business CEOs Call for Innovation, Free Trade and a Competitive Fiscal Framework

A number of my colleagues were able to attend the Canadian Council of Chief Executives luncheon in Ottawa on Monday.

John Manley, President of the CCCE and former Deputy Prime Minister & Finance Minister released a letter written to Prime Minister Harper as he develops his Fall Parliamentary agenda.

The letter calls on Harper to bring Canada - EU trade negotiations to a successful conclusion because "our country is at a make-or-break point in negotiations on the proposed CETA with the European Union."

Just prior to wrapping up the event, a number of questions were asked from the floor including one on pharmaceutical IP. Manley made the link between advanced, innovative job growth and increased R&D levels and supported pharmaceutical IP as an important element to deliver these policies.

For my part, I am pleased to see both policy makers and opinion leaders taking a stand for strong free trade agreements that recognize the benefits of modernizing Canada's IP system to stay competitive.