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 …

Let Our Fathers of Confederation Guide the Premiers on Trade

This year, Charlottetown is celebrating the moment when our country was conceived. In 1864, the first of the Charlottetown conferences was convened to hammer out some of the philosophical and legal structure of our nation. It was the birth of a constitution that has served to create arguably the most successful experiment in democracy ever …

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 …

The moratorium on temporary foreign workers is not “a good first step”, it’s wrong.

An ugly underpinning of the Canadian psyche is exposed as the result of the CBC's story about a woman losing her job in Saskatchewan. Volumes of opinions, letters to editors, commentaries, status updates and tweets spewed forth, slamming the government for blindly allowing, or even encouraging, greedy employers to give all our jobs away to …

Ray Ivany and the Cold Hard Truth About Our Culture of… Whaaa?

In March of 2002 Stephen Harper set off a firestorm of criticism after being quoted in the Saint John Telegraph Journal. When asked about the economic performance of the region, he responded by saying, "I think in Atlantic Canada, because of what happened in the decades following Confederation, there is a culture of defeat that we …