Small Business Focus Needed this Election Campaign


Next premier must understand small business realities; Entrepreneurs oppose political floor-crossing

CALGARY – One day after the Alberta election has officially begun, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released new survey results that show entrepreneurs want their elected representatives to have a better understanding of the challenges of running an independent business.

When Alberta business owners were asked for their opinion on whether My Premier understands the realities of running a small business, the response was:

  • 14 per cent agreed
  • 49 per cent disagreed
  • 37 per cent said don’t know

“Entrepreneurs know they must balance their own budget or they face going out of business.  They expect the government to make the same difficult choices and tighten their belts on an accelerated timeline, not three years from now”, says CFIB’s Senior Policy Analyst, Amber Ruddy.

Four out of five entrepreneurs surveyed (81%) believe Members of the Legislative Assembly who switch parties should be required to run in a by election.  Eleven per cent disagrees with this statement and eight per cent are unsure.

“Small and medium-sized independent businesses are a stabilizing force in the economy and bring financial and social benefits to our communities.  Alberta’s entrepreneurs are understandably looking for a meaningful debate about small business issues and policies during this election campaign.  At same time, they clearly aren’t interested in opportunistic politicians unsure of where they stand playing musical in the legislature”, says Ruddy.

The web-based, controlled access CFIB member survey had 880 responses.  Findings were collected from January 26th to February 5th, 2015.  As a non-partisan advocacy group, CFIB is not endorsing any of the candidates running for office.

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