Media Release: Judson calls on Liberals to Stand Up for Kenora—Rainy River Family Businesses
Fort Frances, ON – Today Douglas Judson raised concern with Kenora—Rainy River area MPs about the Liberals’ disregard for Northwestern Ontario’s small business economy. Judson is a lawyer based in Fort Frances who is pursuing the nomination of the Ontario PC Party in Kenora—Rainy River.
“Over the past several weeks, I have heard from people across the Kenora and Rainy River districts who have asked what the Liberals have against small businesses and family-run enterprises,” stated Judson. “Both the provincial and federal Liberals seem to be intent on devastating Northwestern Ontario’s small business economy with misguided policies.”
In an open letter to MPs Bob Nault and Don Rusnak, Judson raised concerns about the federal Liberals’ proposed tax changes for small, family-owned businesses, and called on them to take up these issues with their colleagues in the federal Cabinet.
“The Liberals have proposed a series of policy reforms that both disrespect and disadvantage hardworking small business families in our region,” stated Judson. “Our communities in the Northwest are dependent on the viability of small businesses and the jobs they create, and it appears that the Liberals either don’t get that, or don’t care.”
Judson’s letter also raises concerns about the Wynne Liberals’ proposal to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019 – a 32% jump in just 18 months that is supported by local MPP Sarah Campbell. The government’s Financial Accountability Office has said that this proposal could cost the province 50,000 jobs as businesses struggle to adapt to the overall increase in labour costs over such a short timeframe.
“I come from a small business family and I know what sort of risks and sacrifices these families make,” stated Judson. “Farms, small shops, tradespeople, tourism operators, and industrial SMEs are the backbone of our economy in the Northwest and we need our governments to give them the support they need to incentivize entrepreneurship and job creation. What we don’t need are governments that label them as tax cheats that don’t pay their fair share.”
Enclosure: The full text of the open letter mentioned above can be viewed here.