Under The Dome
Manitoba government standing up for farmers and small businesses
Our provincial government is standing up for Manitoba’s small businesses and expressing serious concerns about the impact of the federal government’s proposals to change the taxation of private corporations.
The tax changes proposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau strike at the very heart of the economy, and amount to a complex and poorly conceived overhaul of Canada’s tax system. The changes would dramatically increase taxes paid by smaller corporations, tax their savings and penalize families that pass a business from one generation to another.
The federal proposals would have a negative impact on the thousands of small and medium-sized businesses in Manitoba, and the tens of thousands of people who work for them. Agriculture producers, professionals, manufacturers, small businesses of all kinds and ultimately consumers would be affected. The proposed changes also insult the very people who create jobs, make goods, develop Manitoba’s wealth, take risks and support local projects and initiatives.
These tax reforms were clearly conceived by people who have no understanding of small businesses and the sacrifices made by those who operate them.
Our business community is the foundation of Manitoba, and our government understands and appreciates the risks taken by small businesses and the investments they make in our economy. Premier Brian Pallister and our Manitoba government have been swift to support and defend small businesses in our province.
Our government has had to make many important decisions as we fix our provincial finances, repair our services and rebuild the economy. We are making progress in improving the business outlook and optimism in our province. What we don’t need is the federal government in Ottawa hurting the progress we are making in Manitoba.
As Premier Pallister has said, the federal government needs to pull back on the
misguided proposition that we should have class warfare in Canada between small,
family-run businesses and everyone else.
Tackling tough issues at home and defending Manitoba’s interests abroad are what
a strong leader and a strong government do. Our Manitoba government is calling
on the federal government to withdraw these proposals.
Greg Nesbitt is the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Riding Mountain
constituency. He can be reached at 204-759-3313, toll free 1-844-877-7767 or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org.