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CFIB statement on provincial election MB

Winnipeg, April 20, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) congratulates Brian Pallister and the Progressive Conservative Party on their election win.

“We look forward to working with the new provincial government and all MLAs from both sides of the legislature to address small business priorities,” said Elliot Sims, CFIB’s Director, Manitoba Provincial Affairs. “CFIB also offers our sincere thanks to all candidates who ran in Manitoba’s 41st general election. It takes an immense amount of work and a lot of courage to put your name on the ballot.”

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

  • Reducing the PST to 7%;
  • Increasing the small business corporate income tax threshold to $500,000;
  • Providing all Manitoba workers the right to a secret ballot in union certification processes;
  • Pushing to join the New West Partnership and create a new Agreement on Internal Trade;
  • Implementing red tape accountability legislation and policies; and
  • Rejecting more taxation powers for municipalities (e.g. fuel, income or sales taxes).

CFIB also looks forward to working with Manitoba’s NDP in their role as the Official Opposition and the Manitoba Liberal party to ensure all MLAs are aware of where small business stands on specific policy issues.

“As a non-partisan organization dedicated to improving Manitoba’s business climate, CFIB will work with all parties, irrespective of political stripe, to give independent business a greater voice in determining the laws that govern them,” concluded Sims. “We will do what we have done for the past 45 years - commend good policy and criticize bad policy from the viewpoint of small business owners.”

To arrange an interview with Elliot Sims, please call 1-888-234-2232, 204-982-0817, or e-mail [email protected].  Follow CFIB Manitoba on Twitter @cfibMB.

CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members (4,800 in Manitoba) across every sector and region.

April 20, 2016

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