Award recognizes leadership and results in cutting red tape for small
TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - With Red Tape Awareness WeekTM coming to a close, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business
(CFIB) has announced the winner of the inaugural Golden Scissors Award. The new annual award recognizes an individual who has successfully
motivated or demonstrated leadership and courage, and produced
meaningful and positive results in cutting red tape for small business.
And the winner is: the Honourable Kevin Falcon, B.C. Minister of Finance, for cutting red tape for small business by
more than 40% and entrenching systemic and unprecedented reforms
through the Regulatory Reporting Act.
"Minister Falcon has clearly continued to demonstrate the small-business
and customer-focused values we were looking to celebrate with this new
award. Hopefully, recognizing those individuals who are leaders in
cutting red tape will help draw attention to the need for more
policy-makers across the country to find innovative and results-driven
approaches to regulatory reform", says Laura Jones, CFIB's Senior
Vice-President, Research and Economics.
A panel of judges, comprised of four senior-level CFIB employees
representing all regions of the country as well as one small business
member, unanimously chose the winner from dozens of nominations
received from across Canada. The winner will receive a special trophy,
framed certificate, and recognition on the CFIB website, Facebook page,
and other member communication.
The judges also awarded three honourable mentions (in no particular order) who will receive a framed certificate to
recognize their achievement:
Hon. Jean-Pierre Blackburn (Minister of National Revenue, Ottawa, 2008 to 2010) for implementing a
new policy that required Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business-line call
centre staff to provide an individual-specific ID number at the start
of each call.
Hon. Maxime Bernier (Minister of Industry, Government of Canada, 2006 to 2007) and Hon. Diane Ablonczy (Minister of State, Small Business and Tourism, Government of Canada,
2007 to 2010) for the development and launch of the BizPaL project.
His Worship Frank Leonard (Mayor of Saanich), His Worship Stewart Young (Mayor of Langford), Paul Murray (Director of Finance, City of Saanich), and David Duke (now retired Municipal Administrator, City of Saanich) for the creation
of a system of regional business licenses in the Capital Region
District surrounding Victoria, B.C.
More details about the red tape cutting achievements of the winner and
the honourable mentions, as well as photos of the award/certificate
presentations, can be found at www.cfib.ca
Red Tape Awareness Week™, conducted annually, is trade-marked by the
As Canada's largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses,
CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes
direction from more than 108,000 members in every sector nationwide,
giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all
levels of government and helping to grow the economy.
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For further information:
To arrange an interview with Laura Jones, CFIB's Senior Vice-President, Research and Economics, please contact Meghan Carrington at 416 222-8022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.