Edmonton, February 23, 2016 – Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) president Dan Kelly is in Edmonton today, joining CFIB vice-president Richard Truscott and director of provincial affairs for Alberta Amber Ruddy, for meetings with Finance Minister Joe Ceci.
At the top of their agenda will be a discussion on potential expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).
“Alberta’s small businesses are continuing to adjust to a new economic reality, it is critical that government policy decisions support the small business community,” said Kelly. “A payroll tax hike in this climate would be devastating for them and would certainly affect their employees.”
CFIB is ramping up a cross-Canada plan to educate the public on the facts and risks associated with CPP expansion, with Alberta becoming the ninth province Kelly has visited on the topic this year. In Alberta, 65 per cent of small business owners reported a CPP hike would force them to freeze or cut salaries, and 33 per cent said they would have to lay off staff.
CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.