Media Advisory - CFIB spokespersons to comment on federal budget across country on behalf of small business sector

    "One of the most important budgets in decades"

    TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Senior representatives of the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) will be commenting from Parliament
Hill in Ottawa and CFIB offices across the country to the federal budget being
announced tomorrow.
    CFIB president Catherine Swift will be available to media in the Railway
Room on Parliament Hill, as will her Quebec vice-president colleague, Simon
Prévost. Other CFIB representatives will be responding from the organization's
offices throughout the country.
    "Because of the serious economic conditions in this country and around
the world, this is one of the most important federal budgets to come down in
decades," said Swift. "We are very concerned the Harper government has caved
in to pressures to abandon fiscal restraint, given recent reports it will be
running deficits of $64 billion over the next two years. Slipping back into
major deficit spending and growing the national debt is not something the
small business sector supports nor would it be in the best interests of the
country," said Swift. "However, we will see what happens tomorrow."

For further information:

For further information: please call Gisele Lumsden via cell at (647)
808-5769 or Marie-danielle Davis in Ottawa at (613) 235-2373; In Toronto,
contact Meghan Carrington or Adam Miller at (416) 222-8022; On budget night,
Catherine Swift and Simon Prévost can be reached by calling Marie Vaillant at
(514) 919-9535 (cell) or Gisele Lumsden at (647) 808-5769 (cell).

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