Ensuring your voice is heard in the upcoming Election

With election campaign in full swing, CFIB releases small business platform

The election is now less than 2 weeks a way (May 9). And as the constant political ads, increasing number of party signs lining the roads, and water cooler chat would suggest, campaigning is fully underway.

Political parties are putting their stake in the sand, and CFIB is working to ensure they keep your priorities in mind as they position themselves. With 40 per cent of small businesses in BC still remaining on the fence and almost two-thirds feeling small business issues are being ignored, the political parties have every reason to focus on helping the small business community.

In this critical period, CFIB officially released its platform: Smart choices for a stronger British Columbia. The platform is informed through member surveys, and reflects the key issues small businesses across the province told us they want the provincial parties to focus on:

  • Taxes (fix the PST; reduce the small business tax rate)
  • Budgets (balance the budget; reduce debt)
  • Affordability (tie minimum wage to inflation; fix the property tax imbalance; refund WorkSafeBC over-funding)
  • Reduce red tape

We will continue to press the parties hard to adopt these common-sense policies into their platforms. In addition, last month CFIB sent a survey to all party leaders on BC small business priority areas. When we get the results, we will share them directly with you.

The BC NDP, Greens, and Liberals have all unveiled their party platform (see http://cfib.ca/a9248e for links to platforms). A televised debate is occurring on April 26 at 6:30 PM PST.

Buckle up: May 9 is just around the corner!