Cornwall ON – PC Candidate for SD&G Jim McDonell stopped and talked Hydro Rates and Small business with Mike Bedard and his team at Roy’s Pools in Cornwall Ontario Thursday.
“Small businesses are a source not only of jobs and opportunity, but also the innovation, hard work and risk-taking that are essential to a strong and modern economy. A Tim Hudak
government will be the best partner small business ever had.” –Jim McDonell,Ontario PC candidate
And from Mr. Mike Bedard, owner of Roy’s Pools:
“Roy’s Pools and Spas was delighted and excited to be given the opportunity to receive such a wonderful announcement from the PC Party! We are glad to support anything that will help all small businesses in Cornwall, S.D. & G. and Ontario!
Here is the PC Small Business Plan:
An Ontario PC Government Will Be the Best Partner Small Business Ever Had:
We will introduce a Small Business Bill of Rights to recognize that small businesses are the engine of growth, job creation, and prosperity in Ontario. The Bill will give five specific rights to small businesses that will guarantee fair, helpful, and equal treatment from the Ontario government. These are:
- A commitment to red tape reduction. We will appoint a Minister responsible for reducing the regulatory burden by a minimum of 30%, and the entire Cabinet will have its pay docked if it misses important regulatory goals. Special attention will be paid to the burden faced by our farmers and small businesses.
- Choice over mandatory smart meter energy pricing. The smart meters forced on our homes and small businesses – at a cost of more than $1 billion – have become nothing but government-sponsored tax machines. We will let small business owners decide whether the time-of-use pricing system works for them.
- Fast, efficient, customer-friendly service standards for small businesses’ dealings with government. Too often small businesses have to go to multiple ministries to comply with endless paperwork, forms, and directives, and then wait weeks for responses. We will give small businesses more ways to get routine government transactions done by extending office hours and providing more services online. We will also require government ministries, agencies, boards, and commissions to provide written answers to questions from small businesses seeking clarification on how regulations are applied. And these written responses will be honoured, even in the case that the government body providing them errs in its interpretation of the matter in question.
- Greater ability to bid on government contracts. Currently, the Province sets up its bidding process in such a way that makes it virtually impossible for small businesses to compete (for example, bundling several contracts together or requiring a lengthy, convoluted Request for Proposal). We will help level the playing field so small businesses can compete with larger businesses and corporations for government contracts.
- We will make Ontario’s business tax rates competitive by reducing them to 10%. One of Dalton McGuinty’s first acts after getting elected in 2003 was to raise business taxes. We are still feeling the impact of those early tax hikes. We will reduce the basic corporate income tax rate from 11.5% to 10% by 2013.
- We will fix the apprenticeship system. A Tim Hudak government will create more than 200,000 new apprenticeship spaces over four years. We will modernize the apprenticeship system by delegating more responsibility for signing up apprentices to the colleges who will also match apprentices with employers. And we will reduce the ratio of journeymen to apprentices, making it 1-to-1, to put more skilled workers on the job.
We will make Ontario’s labour laws fairer for union members and taxpayers. We will change Ontario’s labour laws to give union members more flexibility and a greater voice. We will give all individuals the right to a secret ballot in certification votes. We will introduce paycheque protection so union members are not forced to pay fees towards political causes they do not support. Unions will be required to be transparent and open with their financial information, just as businesses and charities are.
The Ontario PCs Understand The Importance of Small Business
Ontario PC MPP for York-Simcoe Julia Munro was a crucial part of the development of the Small Business Bill of Rights. Her Private Member’s Bill 152, “An Act to enact a Bill of Rights for small business” helped lay the groundwork for the Small Business Bill of Rights, and included a call for greater access to government contracts to level the playing field for small business, reduction of the regulatory burden, and the right to be treated with courtesy and respect by government counterparts.
- A formal, impossible-to-ignore voice for small businesses in any new legislation or regulation that affects our economy. 94% of Ontario’s businesses have fewer than 19 employees and yet they are often an afterthought when new WSIB or hydro decisions are made. We will require government agencies, boards, and commissions that want to adopt new or modified administrative rules that have an impact on small business owners to submit to the Minister responsible for reducing red tape a Small Business Impact Statement showing the economic impact on those businesses.