Keep in mind that the list of signatories includes the founder of the largest software company in Canada.In fact the list of signatories runs the gamut from local bakeries, to property developers, to venture capitalists. It's amazingly unbecoming of a public office holder like Laurie Hawn to question the loyalty to Canada of these business people from across the country.
Ryan Holmes is the Founder and CEO of HootSuite, which is valued at over 1 billion dollars and known for closing one of the largest venture capital funding rounds in Canadian history. Hootsuite and co-signatory Vision Critical are anticipated to announce IPOs in the next couple years where they are expected to raise $50 million each according to analysts.
Tim Bray is the Principal of Textuality Services Inc. and co-founder of OpenText, Canada's largest software company.
Stewart Butterfield is the President & Co-founder of Slack, one of the world's hottest web companies valued at 2.8 billion dollars. Stewart also co-founded popular photo sharing service Flickr.
John Ruffolo is the CEO of OMERS Ventures, one of the largest institutional investors in Canada.
Tobi Lütke is CEO of Shopify, which just filed for an initial public offering last week. The company has 632 employees and generated more than $105-million in revenue in 2014.
Many many more are listed here.
I could be wrong but my sense is that these business leaders were not looking for business advice from a politician. I suspect they also do not like having their values and loyalty called into question nor the insinuation that they are "profiting" off of "horrific material."
The arrogance and elitism displayed by Mr. Hawn and his colleagues towards the business sector is really abhorrent. And scary given the extreme new spying powers they are in the process of giving themselves.
Here's the video of Conservative MP Laurie Hawn insulting Canadian businesses (Thanks to PressProgress):
It really does appear the Conservatives have been in power so long that they've truly lost touch.
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