Baillie calls out McNeil for silence on Ottawa tax grab

September 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Small business owners condemn changes, McNeil should too

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie is deeply concerned about Stephen McNeil’s silence on the Ottawa Liberals’ proposed tax grab.

In Question Period, Baillie asked the Premier to publicly condemn the changes. Premier McNeil refused to answer the question and wouldn’t say whether he agreed with the Ottawa Liberals, who are publicly calling family business owners “tax cheats.”

“These changes could devastate our towns and communities. Small shop operators and local businesses are being targeted by this tax grab. Small businesses are the backbone of our communities and keep our main streets alive,” says Baillie. “Our province can’t afford this short-sighted attack on the middle class. Premier McNeil has a responsibility to stand up and defend Nova Scotians.”

John Thomson is an independent marketing consultant with over 20 years’ experience who currently operates as The Creative Department Inc., based in Bedford. He has written to elected officials at the provincial and federal level.

The record needs to be set straight when it comes to who this affects. The federal government has said it only affects ‘wealthy’ Canadians. Thomson wants to assure Nova Scotians that is false.

“My business gross is far less than the $150,000 threshold the Finance Minister has talked about and comparing what I do to a salaried employee is not a valid or fair comparison. I have no pension, sick leave, parental leave and no level of job security. My family’s health benefits are paid for out of pocket. All work-related expenses are paid for out of pocket,” says Thomson. “The fact is 50 per cent of all small businesses fail in the first five years. The odds are stacked against me.”

Halifax has been recently lauded as Canada’s fifth largest tech hub, with start-ups leading the way. This kind of activity coming from small businesses is the future for the Maritimes. However, the proposed tax grab will severely limit this. Baillie says the McNeil Liberals must condemn this tax grab and make sure small businesses are protected.

“The economic impact and jobs that come with an industry like tech start-ups is huge for Nova Scotia,” says Baillie. “We need a more favourable climate for small businesses and family operations to thrive. These tax hikes will be another black mark against us.”

The Progressive Conservative Caucus launched a petition earlier this month and it can be found at The Ottawa Liberals consultation period ends October 2.