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Winnipeg, April 13, 2016 – With the Manitoba election less than a week away, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is releasing the results of its 2016 Leaders’ Survey on Small Business Issues.
“In a difficult economy it is more important than ever that parties address small business priorities,” said Elliot Sims, CFIB’s Provincial Affairs Director, Manitoba. “Small business owners are the province’s top job creators and the drivers of our economy. These survey responses will help them make an informed decision on Election Day about which party’s vision best allows them to grow their business and create jobs.”
Party leaders responded to questions on key issues including sustainable spending and balanced budgets, the total tax burden, red tape reduction and balanced labour laws. The leaders of the Green Party of Manitoba, Manitoba Liberal Party, Manitoba New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba all provided survey responses.
As a non-partisan organization CFIB has posted the leaders’ full, unedited responses to its Manitoba Election page to help small business owners make an informed decision on April 19th.
Some highlights include:
Positive Commitments for Small Business:
It is of note that all parties support pushing for a new Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) to foster interprovincial trade.
Areas of concern for Small Business:
Prior to the election, CFIB shared its Small Business election platform and urged Party leaders to commit to small-business friendly policies. Read CFIB’s Small Business election platform “A Vision for 2020”.
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.