Federal Party Leaders Respond to Small Business Election Issues


Toronto/Calgary – With Election Day just a month away, federal leaders are sharing their vision for Canada’s small businesses with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

Leaders were issued a survey at the beginning of the campaign, asking a series of questions on the small business community’s top priorities, including the future of the Canada Pension Plan, the country’s skilled labour shortage and the tax and red tape burdens.

“Small business issues are Canada’s issues,” said CFIB president Dan Kelly. “As the country’s top employers and the drivers of the economy, it is more important than ever that parties address small business priorities. We are thrilled that the leaders from all major parties have made substantive responses to the top issues for Canada’s small businesses. This information will help small business owners make an informed decision on Election Day.”

“I am particularly pleased to report that all four national parties have committed to reducing the small business tax from 11 to 9 per cent,” added Kelly.

Other highlights from the leaders’ survey include:

  • The Conservative Party won’t raise mandatory Canada Pension Plan premiums.
  • The Green Party proposes Think Small First legislation that will reduce the impact of red tape on small business.
  • The Liberal Party has outlined provisions to boost training in the workforceand address labour shortages.
  • The New Democratic Party will accelerate the small business tax reduction by two years.

As a strictly non-partisan organization, CFIB is publishing the leaders’ full, unedited responses to the small business community’s questions.

In addition to the surveys, CFIB invited leaders from all of the major parties to share their vision for Canada’s small business community in a sit-down Q & A with CFIB president Dan Kelly. Stephen Harper and Elizabeth May have already recorded interviews, and CFIB looks forward to sitting down with the other leaders as the campaign progresses into its final month. Full survey results and the first video Q&As are available on CFIB’s federal election page.


CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.