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The Hon. Pana  Merchant, B.A. Appointed to the Senate by the Rt. Honourable Jean Chrétien, Senator Pana Merchant represents the province of Saskatchewan and the Senatorial Division of Saskatchewan. She has served in the Senate of Canada since December 12, 2002.

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Senate Banking, Trade and Commerce Committee Completes Statutory Review of the Business Development Bank of Canada

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Posted on 15 December 2010

Ottawa, December 15, 2010 – Supporting Canada’s entrepreneurs through the ups and downs of economic cycles is good for job creation and good for maintaining a resilient and dynamic Canadian economy, says the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce.

The committee made this statement in its report tabled today in the Senate, on the 10-year review of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), as required by the Business Development Bank of Canada Act.

The committee has found that the BDC has been an important vehicle in helping the nation address the recent global financial and economic crisis. The committee envisions a modernized and financially sustainable BDC focused on meeting the domestic and international needs of the nation’s small and medium-sized businesses, which are the engines of the country’s growth.

To read the report and find out more about the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, please visit

Members of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce include the honourable senators Salma Ataullahjan (Toronto – Ontario),  Stephen Greene (Halifax – The Citadel – Nova Scotia), Mac Harb (Ontario), Céline Hervieux-Payette, P.C. (Bedford – Quebec), deputy chair, Vim Kochhar (Ontario), Paul J. Massicotte (De Lanaudière – Quebec), Michael A. Meighen (St. Marys – Ontario), chair, Percy Mockler (New Brunswick), Wilfred P. Moore (Stanhope St. / South Shore – Nova Scotia), Donald H. Oliver (South Shore – Nova Scotia), Donald Neil Plett (Landmark – Manitoba) and Pierrette Ringuette (New Brunswick).

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations:
Francine Pressault

Committee Clerk:
Dr. Line Gravel

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