Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak Speaks with Small Businesses in Cornwall
Cornwall, ON – Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak today met with local small business leaders in Cornwall to solicit input on the steps they would like to see to encourage economic recovery in Ontario. Hudak continues to travel across the province speaking with small business representatives while Dalton McGuinty doles out untendered, sweetheart deals to foreign companies – clearly favouring foreign companies over struggling Ontario businesses.
While in Cornwall, Hudak shared details about the Ontario PC Small Business Jobs Plan. This plan contains practical and affordable ideas that, if implemented immediately, would help the small business sector create new jobs and opportunities in the Cornwall area.
Hudak discussed the impact Dalton McGuinty’s $3 billion HST tax grab will have on local small businesses. The HST represents the largest single sales tax increase in Ontario history. When the HST takes effect on July 1st, seniors and families throughout Ontario will be forced to pay more for gas, hydro, home-heating, haircuts and dozens of other essential goods and services they use every day. As a result of Dalton McGuinty’s HST, consumers will have less money to spend in the local economy which will ultimately kill jobs.
“The Ontario PC Caucus is calling on Dalton McGuinty to put an end to picking winners and losers and focus instead on strategies that would make Ontario desirable for investment without billion-dollar subsidies to foreign conglomerates.”
— Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak
“The PC Small Business Jobs Plan offers practical and affordable ideas to re-establish Ontario’s small business sector as the growth engine of our economy. Removing barriers to growth will allow small businesses to do what they do best – create jobs.”
— Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak
- In total, just three of the deals handed out to foreign companies by Dalton McGuinty work out to more than $4 billion in subsidies to foreign companies -$437 million for Korea’s Samsung, $263 million for France’s Ubisoft and $3.5 billion for the American-made Chevy Volt.
The PC Caucus Small Business Jobs Plan would encourage jobs now by:
o Continuing to use every tool available to stop Dalton McGuinty’s plan to merge the GST and PST into a super Sales Tax that will take $3 billion out of the pockets of consumers and kill jobs.
o Repealing the McGuinty government’s job-killing Bill 119, which forces independent operators and sole proprietors into the WSIB system and requires WSIB coverage for office and secretarial staff who will never set foot on a construction site. This bill will cost affected small businesses more than $11,000 in additional taxes each year.
o Ensuring permanent small business representation on the WSIB.
o Calling for a one year payroll tax holiday that will make it more affordable for small businesses to hire new staff; and a one year suspension of the land-transfer tax that will make home ownership more affordable for young families – and help create new construction jobs.
o Re-instating a Red Tape Commission that will eliminate the many unnecessary regulations that punish small businesses.
o Implementing a moratorium on new regulations that will impact small business jobs until the Red Tape Commission is in place to reduce the overall regulatory burden.
o Turning Ontario’s 3:1 journeyman-to-apprentice ratio into a 1:1 ratio. This will help more young tradespeople into the market, and make it more affordable for small businesses to hire new workers.
o Suspending the McGuinty Government’s decision to place 100% of the cost burden for the blue box program on small businesses. This places an unfair an unwarranted cost burden on businesses and manufacturers and will cost jobs. Instead, government should maintain the existing 50-50 split.
Video Excerpts from today’s visit.
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