You published an article entitled “Small Biz Climate Cloudy Under NDP” on Feb. 22 by Laura Jones, executive vice-president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
She states that there are more than 83,000 small businesses in Manitoba and in a recent opinion survey received replies from 300 business owners almost unanimously criticizing provincial government polices.
Well, what about the other 82,700 business owners and their views of our provincial government?
Regardless, Ms. Jones proceeds to compare Manitoba with the provinces to our west, pointing out that they have a lower PST. This is true, but we should also be aware that they are endowed with a rich natural resource base, including oil and gas, giving them a substantial source of revenue that Manitoba does not have.
She does not mention in her article that there are six other provinces which have a PST of eight per cent or higher. In fact, nearly three-quarters of our Canadian population pay eight per cent or higher.
However, we should know that Ms. Jones and her organization represent a fundamentally right-wing view of political and economic issues with a record of opposing minimum wage increases, progressive labour laws and more recently improvements to the CPP.
Her federation is referred to by some political analysts as an “AstroTurf” organization which purports to represent a large group of people, but in reality is being controlled by a small number of right-wing executives.