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CFIB Meets with Minister James March 2019

Corinne Pohlmann, Samantha Howard, Minister Carole James, Aaron Aerts and Muriel Protzer

Earlier this year, the B.C. Government released its 2019/20 budget. Thank you to all who took part in our recent Post-Budget survey – we met with the Finance Minister and the Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology (Minister responsible for Small Business) to share your views on the budget.

We were lucky enough to have Corinne Pohlmann, CFIB’s Senior Vice President, National Affairs join us for our day of lobbying.  Corinne was a strong voice for CFIB's members, helping to reinforce areas we’d like to see the Province support small business. 

CFIB Meets with Minister Ralston March 2019

Corinne Pohlmann, Muriel Protzer, Minister Bruce Ralston, Samantha Howard and Aaron Aerts

Although 83% of B.C. CFIB members were pleased to see the government balance the budget, it is evident that local entrepreneurs need more.

The message from you is clear: the B.C. government needs to work on creating policies which support small businesses.

We highlighted that our members’ opinions are almost identical to the Small Business Task Force Recommendations. We encouraged quick adoptions and used  our recent survey results where we  asked which of the short term actionable items you would like to see prioritized. 

How important is it to your business that the provincial government takes the following immediate actions?

How important is it to your business that the provincial government takes the following immediate actions?

Source: CFIB B.C. Post-Budget Survey, February, 2019. Preliminary Results. N=390. Due to rounding, numbers may not add to 100

CFIB Meet with Minister sims March 2019

Aaron Aerts, Muriel Protzer, Minister Jinny Sims and Samantha Howard

In our meeting with Minister Jinny Sims of Citizen Services, the Minister shared a new initiative they are undertaking to improve the procurement process. In the figure above, you’ll see that simplifying the provincial procurement process is an initiative supported by 84% of members in B.C.  We will be sharing a video from her in a future enews for those interested in their red tape reducing initiative.