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Regina, October 25, 2017 – The CFIB’s Marilyn Braun-Pollon will be available to provide comments at the Legislative Building directly following the delivery of the Provincial Throne Speech this afternoon.

CFIB will be closely monitoring today’s Throne Speech with respect to policies that will help restore small business confidence and address Saskatchewan’s outstanding competitive challenges.

“With Saskatchewan small business optimism amongst the lowest in Canada, we need today’s Throne Speech to send the right signals that will further improve Saskatchewan’s small business climate,” noted Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB’s Vice-President, Prairie and Agri-business.

“Our monthly Business Barometer also shows weak hiring plans and concerns about taxes and regulatory costs are at a record high,” added Braun-Pollon. “It’s evident Saskatchewan entrepreneurs are facing a lot of uncertainty related to the outstanding concerns with the revised federal tax changes, the NAFTA renegotiation, a potential federally-imposed carbon tax, and continued fallout from the PST hikes. This is on top of a recent minimum wage increase, and EI, CPP increases that are already slated for the near future. Now more than ever, Saskatchewan’s job creators need reassurances from their governments.”

“While we are encouraged to hear there may be announcements today to help make Saskatchewan small businesses more competitive, we are anxiously awaiting more specific details,” concluded Braun-Pollon.

To arrange an interview or for further information please contact Marilyn Braun-Pollon, Vice-President, Prairie & Agri-business at 1 888 234-2232, 306 757-0000 or [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.