John Nater, Member of Parliament for Perth—Wellington, hosted a roundtable this afternoon with small-businesses from Stratford and area. M.P. Nater was joined by his colleague the Honourable Erin O’Toole, PC, MP.
The roundtable focused on three central areas: sector specific challenges, current economic climate and the role of government. The discussion touched on many topics including the upcoming changes to minimum wage and the recently announced changes to Canadian Controlled Private Corporation (CCPC).
“This is the sixteenth roundtable I have held since being elected in October 2015. It is vital Members of Parliament meet with small businesses on a regular basis to hear the challenges they face. They are an essential part of the local economy,” said M.P. Nater at the conclusion of the meeting.
“The recently announced changes to the CCPC legislation by the Finance Minister are a big concern for many small businesses in Perth—Wellington. Many participants expressed deep concern over these changes, because it takes away the financial incentive to re-invest in their business,” said M.P. Nater.
M.P. O’Toole said, “It was great to hear from small business owners in the Stratford area. A lot of our Conservative colleagues are hearing the same concerns. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne are making life harder for small and medium sized businesses, which are the lifeblood of smaller communities across Ontario.”
O’Toole continued by saying, “I heard from many small businesses on the need to keep the US Canada border open to trade. The Prime Minister must look out for Canada’s interests in the upcoming NAFTA negotiations. It is vital that we keep the border open and we get the best deal for Canada.”
M.P. O’Toole serves as the Member of Parliament for Durham and is the former Minister of Veterans Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade. Prior to his election to Parliament, he served in the Canadian Forces for 12 years and practiced corporate law.