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Public Sector pensions are sure to be reviewed

By Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of British Columbia
With governments across the country addressing budget deficits pushed higher by the 2008-09 recession, attention is turning to the pay levels of employees in the public sec-tor and how these compare with private-sector practices.

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Municipal Operating Spending Climbs by 80% in Metro Vancouver Since 2000

A recent analysis prepared by the Business Council of British Columbia finds that the total operating spending in Metro Vancouver municipalities jumped by 80 per cent between 2000 and 2010; when adjusted for population growth and inflation, the average real per capita municipal operating spending increased by 32 per cent over the period, outpacing population growth and inflation. This rate of growth also outpaces that of the provincial government, which has increased real per capita spending 10 per cent over the same period.

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The Cost of the Public Sector in Canada

Article by Jock Finlayson appearing on the Troy Media website on May 27, 2012.

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Business Council Calls for Resolution of the Teamsters' Labour Disruption at CP Rail

The Business Council of British Columbia is increasingly concerned with the prospect of a protracted work stoppage by the Teamsters at CP Rail that will impact economic growth and hurt BC and Canada’s reputation as a reliable and competitive gateway to markets for inbound and outbound goods and commodities.

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BCBC Appoints Hank Ketcham As New Chair at 46th Annual General Meeting

On May 15th, the Business Council of British Columbia appointed British Columbia Business Laureate, Hank Ketcham, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, West Fraser, as the new Chair of the Business Council for a two-year term.

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Business Council Supports Balanced Budget for Turbulent Economic Times

The Business Council of British Columbia endorsed the BC government’s 2012 budget as a responsible and cautious approach to managing the province’s finances at a time of considerable uncertainty for the global and North American economies.

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Business Council Comments and Recommendations for the Upcoming Federal Budget

Letter to Honourable James Flaherty, Minister of Finance

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Asian century: How BC can profit

By Jock Finlayson, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of British Columbia
How long before a surging China eclipses a slumping United States as the largest national economy? The question is timely as the world continues to recover from the 2008-09 financial crisis and economic downturn.

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