CFIB available for Ontario budget reaction

    TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - Senior representatives of the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be available to respond to the
Ontario budget from Queen's Park and from their Ottawa office, tomorrow,
Thursday, March 22, 2007.
    CFIB vice-president for Ontario, Judith Andrew and provincial affairs
director, Satinder Chera will be available at Queen's Park. Executive
vice-president Garth Whyte will be commenting from CFIB's Ottawa office.
    "This budget is the McGuinty government's last chance before the next
election to show the small business job creators that they actually understand
the challenges our members have been facing," said Andrew. "For the past year,
optimism has been steadily declining among Ontario's small- and medium-sized
business owners. If we are going to turn this around, tomorrow's budget must
give entrepreneurs some reason to believe things will improve."
    Andrew pointed out that since the government's prior budgets have focused
elsewhere, this time around the SME sector is looking for some support for
being the economic bedrock of communities across Ontario. Andrew said the key
items CFIB's members are looking for are: lower taxes for businesses,
(particularly property taxes), lower taxes for individuals, and less
government intervention and regulation.

    The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is a non-partisan,
not-for-profit political action organization, which represents 105,000 small-
and medium-sized business owners across Canada, with over 42,000 small
business members in Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Holly Bennett or Gisele Lumsden at (416)
222-8022; On budget day, Judith Andrew and Satinder Chera can be reached by
calling Holly Bennett at (416) 816-3956 (cell); Garth Whyte can be reached in
Ottawa at (613) 235-2373

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