Premier McNeil, please don’t raise taxes on small business.

John Bulloch founded the Canadian Federation of Independent Business as a result of the Canadian government's White Paper on Taxation in 1969. The issue of the day was the federal government's consideration of raising the small business tax to generate revenue. Thousands upon thousands of small business owners fought back. It was CFIB’s founding victory. …

Want to help entrepreneurs? Make Nova Scotia a leader in regulation again, and make it the law.

Regulation is necessary. Some regulation is quite positive, supporting efficiency, business and consumer protection and ensuring the health and security of citizens. Business owners understand this and have no objection to needed rules being administered fairly. Unfortunately, small and medium size businesses are feeling the brutal impact of unnecessary regulation and red tape and it's …

HRM, want to become a small business friendly? Adopt a construction mitigation policy

Halifax is growing. There has been more intensive development in HRM in the past two years than at any time in the past three decades. The downtown core is transforming with business and residential developments rising in every corner. Major investments in public infrastructure are being planned for the Cogswell Street Interchange and over the …

Small Business Tax Hike Sticks Out Like A Sore Thumb

Nova Scotia’s Tax and Regulatory Review included a number of sound recommendations for the McNeil government to consider. In fact many of the recommendations put forward by CFIB in our submission can be found throughout the report. What is completely incongruous is the suggestion that big business should benefit from a corporate tax reduction paid …

Nova Scotia Can Take Charge of its Immigration

Nova Scotia needs more immigrants. After years of willful blindness to the looming demographic catastrophe, it would seem the provincial government has finally decided to recognize it as a serious problem. Premier Stephen McNeil engaged Wadih Fares and Colin Dodds to look for creative enhancements. The provincial Immigration department has adopted “action oriented” goals to …

Open up the rules for private investment

It’s difficult to get political parties to agree on anything leading into an election but New Brunswick’s three largest parties are very close together regarding the encouragement of more private investment in small and medium size business. There are differing approaches, but the fundamental idea is driving policy; increase private sector investment in local business. …

Big Voice for Small Business Podcast

Welcome to the Big Voice for Small Business. Every month we’ll be putting forward interviews and commentary relevant to small business in Atlantic Canada. Have a listen, I’d appreciate your feedback. This month I’m talking to Erin McGrath-Goudet, CFIB’s Director PEI and Intergovernmental Policy about our upcoming report in Internal Trade Barriers, Jenn English, Nova …

Rethinking the “bank of Nova Scotia”…a step in the right direction.

 As witnessed on Thursday by the Finance Minister Diana Whalen’s fiscal update, the government’s financial picture is troubling. The deficit is at $680 million for 2013-14, the net debt sits at an all-time high nudging 15 billion, total revenue down $340 million from last year and department spending has grown by $70 million. A declining, aging …