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Regina, April 5, 2016 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) congratulates Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party on their election win, and offers its sincere appreciation to candidates from all parties who put their names forward.

“CFIB looks forward to working with the provincial government and all MLAs from both sides of the legislature to address small business priorities,” said Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB’s vice-president, Prairie and Agri-business.

“We also offer our sincere thanks to all candidates who ran in Saskatchewan’s 28th general election. It takes an immense amount of work and a lot of courage to put your name on the ballot and we congratulate those who won seats in the Legislature,” noted Braun-Pollon

Saskatchewan small business’ top priorities for the provincial government include ensuring labour laws support employers and employees equally, sustainable spending, red tape reduction, improving roads and infrastructure and a competitive tax environment.

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

  • Continuing to review existing red tape and eliminate it where possible;
  • Pushing for a new Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) to foster trade within Canada;
  • Instituting the Highway 2020 plan, which will add $70 million in highways spending over the next three years;
  • Rejecting any plans to expand CPP premiums;
  • Opposing provincial tax increases to finance infrastructure; and
  • Rejecting increasing taxation powers to municipalities (e.g. fuel, income or sales taxes).

CFIB will also continue to work with the Saskatchewan NDP in their role as Official Opposition to ensure they remain aware of where small business stands on specific policy issues.

“As a non-partisan organization dedicated to improving Saskatchewan’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 Braun-Pollon. “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 Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB’s Vice-President Prairie & Agri-business, please call (306) 757-0000, 1-888-234-2232 or email [email protected]. Follow CFIB Saskatchewan on Twitter @cfibsk.

As Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses, CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes direction from more than 109,000 members (5,250 in Saskatchewan) in every sector nationwide, giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all levels of government and helping to grow the economy. www.cfib-fcei.ca.