Nova Scotia Payroll Tax Rebates – Let’s look at broad relief rather than just picking winners and losers

Nova Scotia has a long history of government funding for private business. It has taken many forms and over the years and has been subjected to varying degrees of public scrutiny and accountability. While supporting growing firms and providing for their ability to grow is an appropriate role for government, the question is how should …

Status Quo, you know, is Latin for “the mess we’re in.” – Ronald Reagan

This is an update of a piece originally published in The MacDonald Notebook in November of 2017. I wanted to re-publish as I believe it as relevant today as 14 months ago. Charlene Brophy is a force of nature. She’s the CEO of Fonemed, Newfoundland and Labrador’s wildly successful telemedicine company and the best sales …

Broader Immigration and Investment in Equipment and Technology Key for Atlantic Canada: CFIB

Recently the federal government moved to make it easier to re-invest in technology and business infrastructure. The proposed tax measures will enable businesses to immediately write off the full cost of some types of machinery and equipment, and allow companies of all sizes and in all sectors to expense a larger share of newly acquired …

Fall Back Up with Francis P. McGuire

Francis P. McGuire is the President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. He has a rich career background in both government and in the private sector. From 1985 to 1997, he worked in Premier Frank McKenna’s administration, including as Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Tourism. He was responsible for attracting industry to the province …

Increased regional co-operation is an important part of the solutions to what ails Atlantic Canada

Jin Liqun, the president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank said it best: "Regional co-operation and global cooperation helps everybody, a rising tide lifts all boats." Surely this analogy is not lost on Atlantic Canadians. Why then, with decades of evidence pointing to its benefits, do we continue to put parochial and political interests ahead …

Fall Back Up with Jim Spatz

Jim Spatz is the Chairman and CEO of Southwest Properties Limited, one of Atlantic Canada’s leading real estate developers. Southwest owns, operates and develops residential and commercial real estate in Atlantic Canada, extended stay accommodations across Canada, as well as multi-unit residential portfolios in four Florida cities. Recently, Southwest completed The Maple, a residential hi-rise …

Governments content to push pot, but leave employers on their own

As the person responsible for overseeing the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’s legislative activities for Atlantic Canada, I felt it important to show up, at this time last year, at the provincial government’s consultation on the legalization of cannabis. I was there to represent employers. Unfortunately, there weren’t many questions around the impact of the …