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Issue: The Alberta Government tabled Alberta’s 2017 Budget- Working to Make Life Better. Sadly, there were no new small business initiatives in this budget. In fact, the Government posted a deficit of $10.3 billion, with provincial debt increasing to $45 billion by fiscal year end. There no plan to get back to a balanced budget and provincial debt is expected to balloon to $71 billion by 2020.
This year, business groups were initially shut out of pre-budget meetings in Alberta. Persistence and strength-in-numbers finally paid off when Minister Joe Ceci finally accepted CFIB’s invitation to meet mid-February.
CFIB presented your priorities from our pre-budget submission, which was based on feedback we received from over a thousand business owners who responded to CFIB’s 2017-18 Alberta Budget survey.
CFIB was on hand at the legislature when the budget was unveiled, to make sure the small business perspective was heard.
DISCUSSING PRE-BUDGET PRIORITIES
2017 Budget Highlights:
ALBERTA BUDGET DAY 2017
CFIB will be pushing hard in the coming months to ensure real action is taken by the Alberta Government to address small businesses concerns.
If you have any questions, please call CFIB’s Business Resources at 1-888-234-2232 or email [email protected]
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