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Federal finance minister Joe Oliver

Tribune photo by Jessica Lovell

The federal finance minister was the guest of honour at the Thursday fundraiser, was also the keynote speaker at a fundraising luncheon.

Picnic table politics

From left, federal Minister of Finance Joe Oliver chats with Paulette Padanyi, Christopher Pugh and Greg Schirk over soft drinks and potato salad at the annual barbecue for the Guelph Federal Conservative Electoral District Association at Riverside Park. Oliver, the guest of honour at the Thursday fundraiser, was also the keynote speaker at a fundraising luncheon that day and took part in an invitation-only roundtable with local business leaders entitled “A Discussion of Economic and Financial Policy with the Federal Minister of Finance.” Though many issues were raised, roundtable participants expressed particular concern about the impact of poor highway infrastructure on the costs of doing business and on consumer prices. There was also concern that too many young people graduate from university and too few from colleges and trade schools, a news release said.

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