Media Advisory - CFIB To Survey Federal Party Leaders on SME Issues

    OTTAWA, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business
(CFIB) has sent the attached letter and list of questions to all five major
party leaders asking them how they would respond to issues of importance to
Canada's small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Subjects range from
taxation and the environment to labour shortages and paper burden but also
include such questions as:

    -   Will your government commit to control government spending?
    -   How would your government address rapidly rising energy costs?
    -   What will your government do to ensure the EI system better responds
        to today's labour market challenges?
    -   What will your government do to address rising credit/debit card fees
        on merchants?

    SMEs play a growing and important role in Canada's economy by producing
almost half of Canada's GDP and employing six out of ten Canadians. It is
vital that all parties respond to the issues of importance to SMEs, and offer
initiatives that will help them grow and prosper.
    As a strictly non-partisan organization, CFIB uses the results of the
survey to inform members on where the major federal political parties stand on
issues most important to their business and livelihood. The party responses
will appear on CFIB's website
( in the chronological order
that they are received. With more than 105,000 independent business owners as
members, the responses from each party can help this important constituency
make an informed decision on Election Day.

For further information:

For further information: Marie-danielle Davis, (613) 235-2373; Marie
Vaillant (Quebec media), (514) 861-3234, or (514) 919-9535

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