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Chamber of Commerce monitoring Alberta's changing financial landscape in 2013

Alberta’s financial woes are top of mind for members of Calgary’s Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber’s annual survey found the number one priority this year was fiscal management and tax.

Chief economist Ben Brunnen tells 660News for the last three years, labour shortages have also been one of the top three issues for members of commerce.

“And this is a structural thing that we think is going to persist for the foreseeable future. So we’ll be looking for governments and post-secondary institutions, to work with the business community, and find solutions to addressing labour shortages, whether its immigration, skill development, or tapping into aboriginal communities.” Brunnen says.

Brunnen also states things have shifted from last year when members were most concerned about making it in a tough economy.

“Members were worried about the economy last year and whether we would be able to continue to do well, economically. This year, I think the business community is doing well, but they are a little more concerned about government spending.” He says.

However, Brunnen says the reality is there’s still instability in the global economy they’ll need to keep an eye on.