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BC CTV: British Colubians spending billions at US stores: report

British Columbian businesses say they’re losing out on billions of dollars to stores south of the border as the number of U.S.-bound shoppers continues its sharp growth – more than doubling in the last few years. The Business Council of British Columbia estimates that B.C. residents spent between $1 billion and $1.6-billion on short-term cross-border shopping trips to the United States last year, while increasing their annual trips to the U.S. over the past few years from 2.3 million to nearly 5.7 million.

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Vancouver Sun: Cross-border shoppers cost BC economy billions each year: study

Cross-border shopping cost British Columbia’s retail sector as much as $2.6 billion in the last year, according to a new report from the Business Council of British Columbia.

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Burnaby News Leader/Surrey North Delta Leader: Cross-border shopping a drain on retailers: study

B.C. residents spent an estimated $2.6 billion cross-border shopping in the U.S. last year, according to estimates from the Business Council of B.C.

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Vancouver Sun: Cross-border shopping is a way of life for many lower mainlanders

Once a week, Mike Hallatt makes the trip across the border to stock up on products from the popular U.S. grocery chain Trader Joe’s. Read more:

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Vancouver Sun, Pete McMartin: What's commerce got to do with patriotism?

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BC Business: Jock Finlayson on BC's Economic Outlook

While the economic outlook for B.C. may be up in the air, Jock Finlayson sees positive signs on the horizon In May Jock Finlayson, executive vice-president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of British Columbia, presented a report: The Economic Outlook in Uncertain Times. Looking at the world's economy, housing market, banking systems and employment rates, Finlayson laid out his findings on how B.C., and the world, will fare in 2013 and beyond.

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Globe and Mail, Jeff Simpson: When politicians campaign against public-sector unions

Article sources recent BCBC Human Capital Policy and Law publication, A Review in Trends in Union Density

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Vancouver Sun, Don Cayo: BC can capitalize on Asia's boom

Businesses are far too prone to forget about building long-term strengths in favour of chasing short-term advantage, and governments are worse, says Dominic Barton, the global managing director of McKinsey & Company, one of the world's pre-eminent management consulting firms.

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Vancouver Sun: BC leaders discuss the election result

Business Council of B.C., president At this point it's pretty clear that the economy is important both across the province and at people's kitchen tables. The premier's message of creating certainty and taking advantage of opportunities like LNG and our resource opportunities in Asia resonated with the public.

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Vancouver Sun: The Real Issue: Election to decide which party sets B.C.’s economic course for decades

Politicians often call elections era-defining events.

Usually, the issues don’t loom as large as such hyperbole from campaigners would suggest. But at other times, such as B.C.’s May 14 provincial election, they do.

This election is more than just a decision about which political party is best-equipped to run the province for the next four years. The next government will be setting a course for B.C.’s economic development for at least 20 years.

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Vancouver Sun: Process, not politics, should determine fate of pipeline expansion, Kinder Morgan president says

The president of Kinder Morgan Canada said Tuesday that the review process for its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, not the political debate in B.C., should determine whether or not the twinning of the Edmonton-to-Burnaby pipeline goes ahead.

Ian Anderson was responding to NDP leader Adrian Dix’s statement Monday that an NDP government would not support a major increase in oil tanker traffic in and out of Vancouver harbour.

“We understand that the associated public policy discussions about our project will occur. However, we believe that the process, including full applications and supporting evidence, should determine the outcome,” Anderson said in an email to The Sun.

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Vancouver Sun Staff Blog: Hug a BC miner today and every day

The gold medal for job creation in British Columbia over the past decade goes to the mining sector. It saw a 228 per cent growth in jobs between 2002-2012. The silver medal goes to the sector supporting mining, oil and gas. It saw a rate of growth of 187 per cent. The bronze medal goes to both security services and warehousing and storage for seeing job growth of 110 and 108 per cent respectively. (Source: Ken Peacock at the BC Business Council).

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Vancouver Sun: BC business warns on possible cross-border fee

A new proposed U.S. fee for every vehicle and pedestrian crossing the border could help keep British Columbia shoppers at home, but provincial business groups oppose the charge.

The new fee, in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed 2014 budget, has already been criticized by politicians on both sides of the border, who say it will counteract recent efforts to open up the U.S.-Canada border.

Business Council of B.C. executive vice-president Jock Finlayson said a fee would likely reduce the scale of cross-border shopping to the benefit of the B.C. retail sector.

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Vancouver Sun: Oil and gas industry emerges as centrepiece issue in BC elections

(Excerpt) The Business Council of B.C., meanwhile, said any government aiming to fiddle with the natural gas sector has to recognize that multinational corporations planning to spend “tens of billions of dollars” on LNG projects will require a “competitive and stable” fiscal regime.

“British Columbia has a lot riding on the development of the LNG sector,” said executive vice-president Jock Finlayson.

“Not only can LNG provide an important new source of export earnings, government revenue and overall economic growth, but the hard reality is that the province needs to find new markets for its abundant natural gas as the United States inexorably moves toward self-sufficiency in the commodity.”

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Globe and Mail: HST: Gone but hardly forgotten in BC

For Lawrence Alder, it seemed only fitting that British Columbia reintroduced a provincial sales tax on April 1, the day of fools.

“It’s a nightmare, just like we anticipated,” Mr. Alder, controller for Delta-based International Marine Floatation Systems, says of switching back to a GST/PST regime from a harmonized sales tax that had been in place since July, 2010. “We’re going through all sorts of contortions.”

The tax flip-flop means more time and paperwork to process invoices at IMFS, which makes floating structures such as marinas for buyers in Canada and abroad.

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Vancouver Sun: Vancouver's Class A office now Canada's costliest

At an average of $34.31 per square foot for Class A space in the central business district, Vancouver is Canada’s most expensive city for renting office space, and 29th worldwide, according to the Cushman & Wakefield report Office Space across the World 2013.

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Vancouver Sun: Canada, BC economies to sputter in 2013 as growth forecast cut

The Bank of Canada cut its 2013 growth forecast Wednesday to 1.5 per cent and said it now thinks the economy won’t get back up to full speed until mid-2015 — about six months later than predicted earlier this year.

British Columbia could be facing a similar fate, according to Central 1 Credit Union, which also downgraded its provincial growth forecast for this year to 1.5 per cent.

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Business in Vancouver: Work with Australia to tap Asian market potential, former Aussie prime minister tells BC businesses

B.C. firms should be looking to partner with Australian counterparts rather than seeing them as competitors for Asian business.

That was one of the messages from Kevin Rudd, former prime minister of Australia, who was in Vancouver as the keynote speaker for the first Circle of Prosperity summit organized by the Business Council of BC (BCBC) and the BC Chamber of Commerce.

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The Tyee: Who Says BCs Election is a Bore?


Greg D'Avignon, president and CEO, Business Council of British Columbia

"The most important issue facing the province is our ability to be globally competitive and maximize the benefits of our human and natural resources. Unfortunately B.C. is increasingly uncompetitive.

"If this continues, we will be unable to improve healthcare, advance our education system or generate a stronger sense of shared prosperity. We need smarter tax systems, improved educational outcomes and modern regulatory processes that attract investment.

"By growing the economy, small businesses will get bigger, larger businesses will grow high-paying jobs, enabling our communities to reach their full potential. When we are competitive, we are more collaborative, we grow the economy and we see more British Columbians participating in the benefits."

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The Tyee: NDP Policy on liquified gas unclear to expert pansl

An expert panel of academics, environmentalists, First Nations and business representatives spent two hours Monday evening debating premier Christy Clark’s liquefied natural gas strategy.

But none of the participants had any strong opinions about the alternative vision offered by NDP opposition leader Adrian Dix. Broadly speaking, nobody was quite sure what an NDP government would do differently.

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