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Business community has mixed reaction to Liberal election triumph

The Liberal majority win will impact Canada's manufacturing and exporting community in profound ways. This is a developing story and will be updated throughout the day



This is a developing story and will be updated throughout the day. Check back with CanadianManufacturing.com for more reaction to the 2015 Federal Election.

TORONTO—Ready or not for another Canadian prime minister named Trudeau, the business community seems unphased by the overwhelming Liberal parliamentary majority that will be taking over from Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.

The Canadian dollar was up overnight, but not by much, and even one of groups that has been most supportive of the Conservative pro-business agenda expressed eagerness to work with prime minister elect Justin Trudeau.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business was quick to congratulate Trudeau early Tuesday but emphasized that its top priority is to reduce the corporate tax rate for small businesses as well as to control the overall burden of payroll taxes.

“We are eager to sit down with Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party and get to work on the issues that matter most to Canada’s small businesses,” CFIB president Dan Kelly said in a statement.

At least two CEOs of Canadian companies had expressed jitters earlier this month about the possibility of a change in government.

Grant Fagerheim of Calgary-based oil and gas producer Whitecap Resources Inc. said he was “very concerned” about the possibility of Canadians electing another Prime Minister Trudeau.

Fagerheim cited the national energy program introduced in 1980 by the Liberal leader’s late father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, as a point of concern for Canada’s oilpatch.

He said it took 15 years for the industry to recover from the program.

Meanwhile, Blackberry CEO John Chen said Stephen Harper’s Conservatives had been helpful to the tech company and said he’d like to see the “status quo.”

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