Blaine Calkins
Member of Parliament for Red Deer - Lacombe

2017-09 (September)

Unfair Attack on Small Business

As a Member of Parliament in the Conservative Government, I took great pride in the fact that we were able to put more money back in the pockets of hard-working Canadians.  Conservatives believe the taxes should be lower for Canadians: for businesses, families and individuals.  We created a low tax, competitive environment to drive investment and created hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs.   

Justin Trudeau and Bill Morneau intend to raise taxes on hard working middle class families, small business owners and farmers.  

The changes as proposed by the Liberal Government will:
·        Make it harder for Canadians to find a family doctor and increase wait times.
·        Make it harder for farm families and make it more expensive for Canadians to buy
local produce.
·       Discourage young Canadians from starting their own businesses.
·       Increase layoffs, decrease working hours and reduced health insurance and other benefits.
·       Reduce the competitiveness of Canadian business.
·       Drive away foreign investment.  

I am concerned that this is another Liberal tax grab designed to make Canadians pay for the government’s out-of-control spending habits and legacy of deficits. 

You can see the proposed changes for yourself at
The Government’s has provided a 75-day public consultation which ends on October 2, 2017, and I would encourage you to take the opportunity to provide your feedback to Minister Morneau and the Liberal


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