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Premier Pallister stands with CFIB to fight proposed federal tax changes

On September 22nd, the Premier of Manitoba joined CFIB’s President, Dan Kelly in Winnipeg to express grave concerns about the impact and consequences of the proposed federal tax changes on hard-working Manitoba entrepreneurs.

Manitoba became the first province to formally oppose the federal government’s proposed tax changes. Premier Pallister stated: “these proposed changes will have a negative impact on the thousands of small and medium-sized businesses in Manitoba and the tens of thousands of people who work for them.”

Last week, CFIB sent a letter to all provincial governments, urging premiers to join us in asking the federal government to take these proposals off the table until the federal government has a comprehensive consultation with the business community and provincial governments.

Manitoba’s Finance Minister, Cameron Friesen, has written federal Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, asking him to consult with provincial-territorial finance ministers at the next federal-provincial-territorial meeting in December before moving forward with any measures.

We will continue to fight and urge the federal government to take these unfair proposals off the table and instead launch meaningful consultations with the business community to address any shortcomings in tax policy without unfairly targeting independent businesses. For more information about our fight against these proposals, visit CFIB’s new webpage at

Want to do more? Here's how:

  • Reach out to your MP to express your concerns directly. Click here for their contact information.
  • Email us at [email protected] with your comments and questions. We are participating in the government’s consultation on this issue and will take your concerns directly to the Minister of Finance.
  • You can also participate in the consultations by emailing the Department of Finance at [email protected].
  • Share our new video about how the tax changes would affect small businesses.


If you have questions about this issue or other issues, please call CFIB’s Business Counsellor at (204) 982-0817, 1-888-234-2232 or email us at [email protected].

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September 22, 2017

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