Most businesses in Canada are small to medium size therefore they have a limited voice as individuals but together they can have a much stronger voice. One of the ways for businesses to unite is to become members of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB); this organization allows businesses to have a stronger united voice and the opportunity to send one concise message to governments. This allows the government to have a clear vision of Canadian businesses needs and values along with the understanding of the potential impact their decisions have on small to medium size businesses and the entrepreneurs making these businesses happen. I highly recommend that business owners become active in the affairs of our municipal, provincial, and federal politics in order to ensure that the value of many small and medium size business is not lost to a few giants. Business owners should

build a relationship with their councillor, MLA, & MP and be able to access them when needed. It is important that we tie this information together and recognize that without businesses economies fail, plus there would be no social programs, no infrastructure maintenance, no public and private sector growth. Government revenue collected in the form of taxes are either directly (corporate and HST) or indirectly (personal income) a result of businesses and the people they employ and these dollars are what goes to fund these government programs. Without businesses and the tax revenue that they generate, there would be very limited revenue for the government to fund our military, health care, transportation, and senior’s pensions, just to name a few. Business is absolutely critical to our high standard of living in Canada and it is time that our governments pay close attention to what is happening in all industries and business sectors.

It is critically important that business owners be heard by government and that every entrepreneur and employee vote for a government that will help business to grow and be more prosperous In order for Canada to continue to grow our economy and our standard of living for everyone coast, to coast to coast. •




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