Parties need to focus on small business, CFIB says



    TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - Business confidence in Ontario is among the
lowest in the country and, as the provincial election draws near, the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business is disappointed more attention is not being
paid to business priorities.
    "Ontario should be leading the country, but instead we're trailing,"
CFIB's Director of Provincial Affairs, Satinder Chera, says. CFIB's most
recent measure of small business outlook saw Ontario lagging the nation for
the fifth quarter in a row. "We've gone from chasing the booming western
provinces to a tie for eighth place among the provinces. As the jurisdiction
that is usually the country's economic bedrock, this is a sad position for
Ontario to be in."
    On behalf of its members, CFIB had the three leading parties complete a
questionnaire on their small business priorities. "We've sent the results out
to our members but, given all parties' lack of focus on business issues during
this campaign, we're sharing the questionnaire with all Ontarians," Chera
says.
    "Ontario's small businesses are dealing with worst-in-the-world levels of
taxation, our manufacturing sector is struggling to cope with the high
Canadian dollar and whoever forms the next government must commit to reducing
red tape if this province is to regain its competitive position," he
concludes.
    The Election Checklist is available online at: http://www.cfib.ca/on.





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