From liquor laws to 10-year passports, award recognizes red tape warriors
TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - With Canada's Red Tape Awareness WeekTM (January 27 - 31) kicking off in just a few days, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is pleased to announce the national finalists for its third annual Golden Scissors Award.
The Award recognizes an individual or group who has successfully motivated or demonstrated leadership and courage, and produced meaningful and positive results in cutting red tape for small business. Finalists are being evaluated in areas such as visionary leadership, legislating regulatory restraint and immediate impact for small business.
The finalists for the 2014 Golden Scissors Award are:
|Finalist||Red tape reduction initiative|
| Jean-Pierre Lamarche, Director General,
Passport Program Management and Strategic
Initiatives, and the ePassport team, Passport Canada
| Introducing the 10 year ePassport, reducing
wait times for renewals and allowing easier
travel for entrepreneurs.
| Hon. Maureen MacDonald, MLA for Halifax-
Needham, (formerly Minister responsible for
the Liquor Control Act)
| Permitting in-store beer and wine making
services in Nova Scotia.
|Hon. Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan||Legislating the measurement and reporting of red tape.|
| Stew Young, Mayor, City of Langford, and
Langford City Council
| Eliminating the requirement for local
businesses to renew their licenses every year.
| Hon. Tony Clement, President of the Treasury
Board, Government of Canada
| Implementing a one-for-one rule: for every
new government regulation imposed on
businesses, at least one regulation of
equal or greater impact must be removed.
| Doug McNeil, Deputy Minister of
Infrastructure and Transportation,
Government of Manitoba
Tim Grant, (former) Deputy Minister of
Transportation, Government of Alberta
Rob Penny, (former) Deputy Minister of
Highways and Transportation, Government of
Grant Main, Deputy Minister of Transportation
and Infrastructure, Government of British Columbia
| Simplifying cross-border trucking rules across
| Hon. Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for
Small Business, Government of British Columbia
| Making the Mobile Business License Program
available in ten regions across BC, allowing mobile
businesses to purchase a single business license and
operate across participating municipal jurisdictions.
| Shereen Benzvy Miller, (former) Director
General, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises,
Public Works and Government Services Canada
| Launching buyandsell.gc.ca, a one-stop shop
procurement-focused website that aims to reduce the
confusion for businesses wanting to work with government.
| Hon. Thomas Lukaszuk, (former Minister of
Enterprise and Advanced Education),
Government of Alberta
| Introducing the provincial Skilled Worker Pilot Project,
which aims to give occupation-specific work permits to
temporary foreign workers more quickly and address the
skilled worker shortage gap.
| Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa
Mr. Michael J. Semenick, Manager for
Strategic Projects, City of Ottawa
| Implementing a Business Ambassador Service for new
restaurant entrepreneurs, giving them a single point
person from government to liaise with
| Jean Saint-Gelais, Secretary General of the
Conseil executive, Government of Québec
| Enduring commitment to cutting red tape and implementation
of 63 practical recommendations of the Report of the Working
Group on Regulatory and Administrative Simplification
| Hon. Don Morgan, Minister, Labour Relations
and Workplace Safety, Government of Saskatchewan
|Reducing employment red tape|
| Lynnette Skaalrud, Director, Policy Legislation,
Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority
Joanne Gasper, Director, Liquor Licensing,
Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority
|Streamlining liquor laws|
Dozens of nominations were received from across the country and across all levels of government. The winner of the Golden Scissors Award will be announced on Thursday, January 30 and will receive a special trophy, framed certificate as well as recognition on CFIB's website, Facebook page and other member communication.
Stay tuned for an announcement about a new - and quite different - award, called the Paperweight. It recognizes government departments, agencies, and other entities that are burdening small businesses with more red tape. More details on the finalists for the 2014 Paperweight Award will follow tomorrow, with the winner being announced next week.
Canadians are encouraged to show their support for CFIB's Red Tape Revolution by signing the online petition (www.cfib.ca/rtaw) that will be delivered to governments.
CFIB is Canada's largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Independent Business
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