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CFIB Statement on Manitoba provincial election 

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Winnipeg, September 11, 2019 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) congratulates Premier Brian Pallister and the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba on their election win last night.

“CFIB looks forward to continue working with Premier Pallister, and all new and returning MLAs to address small business priorities,” said Jonathan Alward, CFIB’s director of provincial affairs for Manitoba. “We would also like to thank all candidates who ran in Manitoba’s 42nd general election. It takes an incredible amount of work and courage to put your name on the ballot.”

In particular, CFIB welcomes the government’s commitments to:

  • Balance the budget in 2022-2023;
  • Implement a long-term plan to relieve property owners of the burden of education property taxes, beginning after the budget is balanced and taking place over 10 years;
  • Eliminate the PST from several services including haircuts, tax return preparation, and home and rental insurance premiums; and,
  • Maintain the current CPI linked model to approach minimum wage adjustments.

CFIB will also continue its work with the New Democratic Party of Manitoba in their important role as the Official Opposition, as well as the Liberal Party of Manitoba. 

CFIB also welcomes commitments from both the Government and Official Opposition where they agreed to:

  • Work with municipalities to reduce red tape in permitting processes;
  • Allow businesses to choose whether to open or not on statutory holidays; and,
  • Bring forward prompt payment legislation or similar changes in the construction industry and working with industry stakeholders. 

“As a non-partisan organization dedicated to improving Manitoba’s small business climate, CFIB will work with all parties, regardless of political stripe, to give independent business a greater voice in determining the laws that govern them,” concluded Alward. “We will continue to do what we’ve done for 48 years – commend good policies and criticize bad policies from the viewpoint of small business owners.”

To arrange an interview with Jonathan Alward, director of provincial affairs for Manitoba, please call 204-982-0817 or email [email protected]. You can follow CFIB Manitoba on Twitter @cfibMB.

You can also learn more about CFIB’s recommendations to Manitoba’s party leaders and their respective stances during the provincial election by reading the Manitoba Election 2019: Small Business Platform and the Manitoba Election 2019: Party Leaders’ Survey on Small Business Priorities.

About CFIB
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 110,000 members (4,800 in Manitoba) across every industry and region. CFIB is dedicated to increasing business owners’ chances of success by driving policy change at all levels of government, providing expert advice and tools, and negotiating exclusive savings.