Federal Tax Changes Show a Profound Misunderstanding of Independent Business. 

Recent musings about the federal tax changes by Finance Minister Bill Morneau are causing significant anxiety for small business owners. In talking with business owners from all levels, there is worry, frustration, and in some cases anger. In Atlantic Canada, we feel it more than most other areas of the country. The cumulative tax burden …

Province’s tire policy flip-flop is a slap at small business

Tires have historically been environmentally problematic sources of waste. Recently, however, technological advancements have led to much more efficient recycling by manufacturing construction materials, developing tire-derived fuels (TDF) and repurposing. When the province decided the direction for tire recycling, they chose the manufacture of Tire Derived Aggregate or TDA. It has a number of uses, …

Winter is Coming

Nova Scotia’s electoral Game of Thrones is in full swing and while it may lack the dramatic flair of the HBO series, it has one thing in common, winter is coming. Unfortunately, the parties are either unaware of it or are seemingly oblivious to a stark reality. All of the parties have launched their offensives …

We have all the evidence we need. It’s time for action to support small business

How many more studies until government finally takes the necessary steps to fix the drag on our regional economy? There have been many reports generated to reinforce that which we already know. We know this because we've written many of them. From CFIB’s work on inter-provincial trade barriers to multiple pre-budget submissions, red tape report cards, …

Economic barbed wire

Steps are being taken by Atlantic Canadian political leaders to dismantle a virtual wall erected between provinces over more than a century. by Jordi Morgan and Erin McGrath-Gaudet In perhaps one of the most memorable moments of his presidency, in 1987 Ronald Reagan stood before the Brandenburg Gates in Berlin and implored Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev …

Nova Scotia business needs clarity from Minister on any new recycling fees

25 years ago, Swedish academic and environmental economist Thomas Lindhqvist coined the term “Extended Producer Responsibility” (EPR). The concept is fairly simple; shift the responsibility and cost for disposal and recycling of products from the general tax base onto producers. Initially, the concept was applied to automobiles, large appliances and electronics. In the simplest of …

Break Down the Trade Barriers in Atlantic Canada

Erin McGrath-Gaudet and Jordi Morgan 230 years ago Benjamin Franklin said “No nation was ever ruined by trade.” He added “Even seemingly the most disadvantageous.” As the Atlantic Provinces struggle to kick start sputtering economic growth numbers, it’s critical our leaders apply a laser focus on our own regional interprovincial trade barriers. While the federal …

Minister Kenney solving Temporary Foreign Worker problems in Alberta by making things worse in Atlantic Canada

Last Friday the federal government announced massive changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program. These changes were unnecessary and largely driven by a cynical union-led media campaign. CFIB has worked in cooperation with the federal government on many files but we regard this as a gross over-reaction to a few negative stories, many of which …