Sudbury and Nickel Belt PC Candidates Sign Pledge To Stop The Trades Tax

SUDBURY, ON, Jan. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Paula Peroni, Ontario PC Candidate for Sudbury and Marck Blay, Ontario PC Candidate for Nickel Belt, joined the fight to Stop The Trades Tax by signing the pledge to end the job-killing tax in Sudbury yesterday.

"From getting a hair cut to getting a car fixed to hiring a plumber, the Trades Tax is going to drive up costs of services for all Ontarians. I would like to thank Ms. Peroni and Mr. Blay for supporting our efforts to stop this costly trades tax," said Sean Reid, Chair of the Stop The Trades Tax Campaign. "We are calling on all MPPs and candidates across the political spectrum to stand with Ontario tradespeople and commit to scrapping this tax by signing our pledge."

The campaign has launched a province-wide tour calling on current MPPs and all candidates in the next provincial election to stand up for tradespeople and sign a pledge to Stop The Trades Tax. This pledge will be important to all Ontarians because the trades tax will cost tradespeople and employers millions, kill jobs and drive up the cost of services like home renovations, car repairs and getting a haircut.

"As the PC Candidate for Sudbury, I pledge to the hardworking tradespeople and citizens of this riding and across the province that I will oppose any and all efforts by the Liberal government to implement a Trades Tax," said Peroni.

"Today, I stand by the hardworking tradespeople and citizens of Nickel Belt by pledging to oppose any and all efforts by the Liberal government to impose a mandatory membership fee, also known as a trades tax, on the tradespeople and employers of Ontario," added Blay.

Ms. Peroni and Mr. Blay signed the pledge in Sudbury with Garfield Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North and PC Critic for Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Reform, who has been a leader in the fight to stop the trades tax.

"The trades tax is something tradespeople and all Ontarians cannot afford, which is why this cash grab must be stopped," said Dunlop. "This pledge signing reaffirms our commitment to do everything we can to stop the Liberal Government from implementing the trades tax."

The Stop The Trades Tax campaign was launched in 2011 and has grown to 31 organizations whose members represent more than 8,000 small, medium and large Ontario businesses and 130,000 skilled tradespeople across the province. The campaign is supported by tradespeople and business owners who fix our cars and roads, cut our hair, and build and renovate our homes and hospitals.

To learn more about the campaign visit: www.stopthetradestax.ca

SOURCE: Stop the Trades Tax Campaign

For further information:


Sean Reid, Progressive Contractors Association of Canada and Campaign chair, sreid@pcac.ca 289-335-1181
Amanda Galbraith, Playbook Communications, amanda@playbookcommunications.com, 416-710-3211