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Small business welcomes new provincial cabinet, appeals for policy support

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Vancouver, July 19, 2017 – On behalf of 10,000 independent businesses in BC, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today congratulated Premier John Horgan and his newly sworn in cabinet, and called on the new government ensure any new policies are looked at through the lens of a small business owner.

“We look forward to meeting with new cabinet ministers to talk about the issues that matter most to business owners and their employees. We are also keen to provide ideas and work together to find more ways to support small business in BC,” said Richard Truscott, Vice-President, BC and Alberta.

Those small business friendly policies include:

  • Making the tax system more small business friendly (e.g. fix the PST, property tax fairness, and small business income tax cuts);
  • Balancing the provincial budget;
  • Reducing red tape (e.g. streamline rules, improve government customer service, and preserve the “one-for-one” rule); and
  • Getting big money - both corporate and union - out of politics.

 The new Premier, John Horgan, stated in response to the CFIB Leaders’ Survey during the election: “...small businesses that are the backbone of BC’s economy today, the future economic successes of the 21st century will be built with inspiration, perspiration and determination.”

 “Obviously, we hope and expect the new premier will follow up those statements with focused action and effort. Since there no longer is a small business minister in cabinet, we will be looking directly to him and ministers in key economic roles to become the champions of small business within cabinet and across all departments,” concluded Truscott.

 For more information or to arrange an interview with Richard Truscott, Vice-President, BC and Alberta, contact 604-684-5325 or [email protected], available after 8:30 PT.

 CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members, and 10,000 in BC, across every sector and region.