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Manitoba Premier, Finance Minister win CFIB award for leadership in cutting red tape for small business

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Honourable Mentions also recognize “red tape warriors” in Nova Scotia, Quebec and at the Canada Revenue Agency

January 26, 2018 – As a finale to Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to announce that the Honourable Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba, and the Honourable Cameron Friesen, Minister of Finance, are the winners of the 2018 Golden Scissors Award. 

The annual award recognizes leadership in cutting red tape in a meaningful way for small business. 

“The exceptional leadership being shown by Premier Pallister and Minister Friesen has put Manitoba on track to become a North American leader in cutting red tape for small businesses,” said Richard Truscott, Vice-President at CFIB. “They are red tape warriors who are truly deserving of this honour.”

Making good on their promise to make Manitoba “the most improved province for regulatory accountability by 2020”, the government’s Regulatory Accountability Act, set up measurement, tracking, reporting and reduction goals. This includes an aggressive 2-for-1 red tape reduction law until March 31, 2021, ensuring two existing regulations are removed for every new one added, and one-for-one reduction thereafter. To date, the government has identified over 906,000 different regulatory requirements and is actively streamlining and removing red tape. 

In addition, through a second piece of legislation — Bill 24 the Red Tape Reduction and Government Efficiency Act — the government amended or repealed 15 pieces of legislation eliminating a wide range of excessive and redundant regulations from permits needed for handling used oil to storage methods for hog farmers. 

A Red Tape Reduction Task Force, which included business and non-profit leaders, was also created to identify additional red tape headaches weighing down Manitobans. 

“It’s remarkable progress. In 2016, Manitoba was at the bottom of CFIB’s annual Red Tape Report Card with an “F” grade and had no clear plan to eliminate unnecessary, redundant or overly burdensome regulations,” said Laura Jones, Executive Vice-President at CFIB. “This turnaround is clear evidence with the right leadership and policy choices, all jurisdictions are capable of tackling red tape.”

In addition to the winners, today CFIB is announcing three Honourable Mentions:

  • Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, Government of Canada, for introducing new rules which allow small business owners to distribute T4s electronically to their employees. 
  • The Business Navigation Service team, Nova Scotia Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness for pioneering an innovative way to help small businesses comply with their regulatory requirements. 
  • Hon. Dominique Vien, Quebec’s Minister of Labour, for loosening an inflexible rule around voluntary construction work.

For more details about the Honourable Mentions’ and for a full list of 2018 finalists visit CFIB's Golden Scissors' Award page.

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Andy Radia, 647-464-2814, [email protected]  

About Red Tape Awareness Week™
Now in its ninth year, Red Tape Awareness Week™ (January 22–26) highlights the cost and impact of excessive regulations. The annual campaign continues to influence governments across the country to launch red tape reduction initiatives. To learn more, visit CFIB.ca/redtape and follow #redtape. 

About CFIB
CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region. Learn more at cfib.ca.