The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce continues to bring together members and elected officials so they can discuss matters that are important to business. The most recent example of this was a lunch hour discussion with MPP Bob Delaney, Parliamentary Assistant to Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy, on Friday, March 17 at the Chamber’s office.
Delaney spoke briefly to attendees about the Ontario government’s recently announced “Fair Hydro Plan”. Delaney then answered questions posed by Chamber members and heard their stories.
One of those attending was Kathleen Mundy, owner of several area Little Caesar’s Pizza locations and member of the Chamber’s Energy Committee and Board of Directors. “The concerns we have are around electricity costs that are such a proportionally high part of our costs and which impact on our bottom line, shrinking it to the point where there’s no fun in being a small business anymore,” said Mundy.
Shirley de Silva, the Chamber’s President and CEO, said Friday’s visit was the second involving political representatives in recent weeks, the first being from Andrea Horwath, head of the Ontario New Democratic Party, who visited at the end of February.
The Chamber will also meet with the Green Party of Ontario’s leader, Mike Schreiner, when he visits Sarnia-Lambton during an upcoming tour through southwestern Ontario. A Community Roundtable is being hosted by the local association of the Green Party of Ontario and the Chamber encourages members to attend.
The Community Roundtable will take place on Tuesday, March 28 at 1 p.m. at the Lochiel Kiwanis Centre. It is open to the public. Topics to be discussed include the state of the local economy, electricity prices, education and small business.