The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada headed to Ottawa on April 25 to take part in a total of 37 meetings with Canadian government officials in the annual “Day On the Hill.”
Marine industry representatives met with Members of Parliament, political and departmental staff, chairs of relevant House of Commons Standing Committees, Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers and one session with the Privy Council Office, which directly supports and advises the Prime Minister’s Office.
NMMA Canada president Sara Anghel wrote in the organization’s newsletter, “it remains clear that our relationship with Transport Canada continues to be outstanding and is one focused on industry collaboration and communication. In total ten departmental staff chose to meet with us, a testament to the department’s strong support and interest in the recreational boating industry. Another takeaway, and quite frankly one we notice every year, was that many MPs share our passion for boating. A number of Members were excited and proud to sit down and tell us about their boats and where they go boating! In this regard, boating access and infrastructure remains an important focus to many of these MPs.”
Topics including abandoned vessel legislation, the danger presented by E15 fuel, opportunities for more trade missions for Canadian manufacturers and how the federal government can help expand boating access across the country.
“The value of these Parliament Hill days was showcased to me personally when I arrived at my desk the next day, only 17 hours after the last meeting I attended,” wrote Anghel. “Only 17 hours after the last meeting I attended; to an email from a staff-member to one of the MPs we met, reaching out to discuss the topic of E15 in more details — outstanding.”