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CFIB survey shows only half of entrepreneurs confident they will get the attention they deserve

Regina, March 10, 2016 – With the Saskatchewan election underway, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging party leaders to pay close attention to small business priorities.

“Over the coming weeks, we will hear a lot of commitments from all parties about things like infrastructure, health care, education and the economy. But what about addressing small business priorities?” said CFIB’s Marilyn Braun-Pollon, vice-president, prairie & agri-business. “We want small business issues to be front and centre in pre-election debates and in party platforms.”

CFIB’s Small Business election platform, “Maintaining our Competitive Edge”, outlines five key areas political parties should adopt as part of their election commitments: ensuring labour laws support employers and employees equally; sustainable spending; reducing red tape, improving roads and infrastructure and keeping Saskatchewan taxes competitive.

CFIB conducted a pre-election survey that found only 49 per cent of Saskatchewan entrepreneurs are confident small business concerns and priorities will receive attention during the provincial election. Another 30 per cent of respondents are not confident, and 21 per cent don’t know. 

“Small business owners worry their concerns will be overlooked,” added Braun-Pollon. “They are Saskatchewan’s top job creators, and it is important for all parties to instill confidence by clearly articulating their plan and policies to make Saskatchewan more competitive.”

CFIB, as a non-partisan organization, recently met with all Saskatchewan political parties, presented its Small Business election platform and urged party leaders to commit to small-business friendly policies. Read CFIB’s Small Business election platform.

This week, CFIB sent all political parties its 2016 Leaders’ Survey on Small Business Issues asking for specific commitments on key small business issues. CFIB will post all responses, unedited, on CFIB’s website, share with all media outlets and encourage all members to view the responses in their preparation for Election Day on April 4th.

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]. You may follow CFIB Saskatchewan on Twitter @cfibsk.

CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members (5,250 in Saskatchewan) across every sector and region.