Go RVing Canada also hosted the first National RV weekend in Canada on June 13th and 14th which garnered significant media attention thereby highlighting even further everything that makes RVing great!
The RVDA of Canada held its last board meeting in April in Ottawa. We hold this annual meeting in Ottawa so that we can tie-in our national advocacy day into the event. This year we had close to 40 meetings with Members of Parliament, government officials and senior staff. Once again joined by members of CCRVC and the CRVA, we were able to showcase the RV and camping industry and address the areas of critical importance to our well being.
What is particularly interesting this time is that 2015 is the first year that a federal election has been set by federal election law during a majority government. This means that with 95 percent certainty that the federal Parties will go to the polls on October 19, 2015. The implication of this time line is that not only will the parties have a well-planned and coordinated year building to election platforms and policy commitments, but advocacy groups such as ourselves can more clearly advocate for policy commitments prior to the election.
We have prepared a member’s Election Campaign Kit for you to use at the grassroots level. Regardless of which party and candidate you will be voting for, this campaigning period presents a great opportunity for you to be heard as the voice of RVDA. In fact, this is the time when candidates are at their most attentive level as they are eager to listen to their constituents and learn about the issues that impact them. This year, more than ever, it will be very important that you take an active role during this campaigning period because if elected (or re-elected), these candidates will be the ones who will shape public policy that affects you and other dealers across the country.
Some of our key messaging includes:
- Taxation exemption on transferring business to children
- Shortage of Skilled Trade Workers in RV Industry in Canada
- Cross-border taxation on aftermarket RV parts
- Need for critical infrastructure and tourism investment to support the RV industry
You will have received an e-blast from the Association office with a link to the entire kit. If you need additional information or wish to discuss how to become further involved, please do not hesitate to contact our national office.
I would like to remind you that June 30th is the Early-Bird deadline for dealers to register for the RV Dealers Convention / Expo in Las Vegas. Prices will go up after that time. This year’s Convention features new presenters in the areas of general management, social media, sales, parts, and service management. Furthermore, the Dealer / GM track workshops are focused on ways to become a better leader, increase profitability, and manage your business and people more effectively. You can visit www.rvda.org/convention to register for the Convention and for regular updates.
Have a great summer!
George Goodrick, Chairman of the Board
RVDA of Canada