The battle over tax changes the Trudeau government has been proposing have raised the hackles of a lot of small business owners and MP Nathan Cullen wants to keep the fight going.
Cullen says he will fight for small businesses and is hosting a public meeting this Thursday in Smithers to discuss the changes and their potential impacts.
The reforms have angered not just small business owners, but professional service providers like doctors as well as politicians and even some liberal backbenchers. Cullen, who is the deputy finance critic, says the federal finance minister may think public consultations ended last monday and the door is now closed, but targeting Canadian small businesses unfairly means there is still a lot to say.
Cullen says small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the economy at all levels. He says Ottawa is taking aim at the small fry when there are bigger businesses that are being ignored by the proposals. Cullen says tax reforms should focus on large businesses and those who are using off-shore tax havens.
Cullen says at least finance minister Morneau has heard the unrest and has admitted the proposed legislation will need some tweaking. He adds with that in mind, it’s critical the liberals continue to listen to constituents and other mp’s.
The proposed legislation can be found at fin.gc.ca/activity/consult
The Smithers meeting this Thursday will get underway at 7 p.m. and run until around 8:30 at the Old Church. Then coming up Cctober 20th, Cullen will be attending a luncheon he and the Terrace Chamber of Commerce have organized on tax reform.