Entrepreneur: The Last Six Months
Of Federal Activity

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This is a computer-generated report that shows all of the federal activity with respect to the keyword "Entrepreneur" over the last six months. This is a demonstration of the power of our government relations automation software.

Hansard

House: 188 Speeches
Senate: 25 Speeches

House Senate

Bills

Active: 0

Regulations

Filed: 0
Proposed: 0

The House

Mr. Alupa Clarke (Beauport—Limoilou, CPC)

December 12th
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Government Orders

“...nies and making ministerial announcements. He travelled all over the province, meeting citizens and entrepreneurs and visiting small and medium municipalities, entrepreneurial communities, or even community development organizations, in order to determine what...”

Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Saint-Hubert, NDP)

December 12th
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Government Orders

“... suggest other bills, such as bills on charging and collecting taxes and the GST that undermine our entrepreneurs.

If you want to change things to suit you and put the House at your service, say...”

Mr. Francesco Sorbara (Vaughan—Woodbridge, Lib.)

December 12th
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Statements by Members

“...u miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”[Translation]

I rise today to speak about two young entrepreneurs in my riding of Vaughan—Woodbridge.[English]

David and Adam Nascimben, ages 12 and eight, had the determination to take the shot of a lifetime. Through their passion for hockey, the two brothers developed the H2 hockey straps. [Translation]

To Canadians, hockey is not just a sport, it is a way of life.[English]

For those of us who have played the game, we know the nightmare of using hockey tape.

David and Adam brought their original idea of replacing it with velcro to CBC's Dragons' Den, impressing the dragons and making our entire community proud. [Translation]

I want to congratulate David and Adam on their success.[English]

Their goal was to score a deal, and the boys scored big.

Mr. Speaker, and colleagues and fellow hockey lovers across this land, please join me in recognizing these innovative young entrepreneurs from my riding of Vaughan—Woodbridge.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Speaker.”

Mr. Peter Fragiskatos (London North Centre, Lib.)

December 11th
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Statements by Members

“Mr. Speaker, Greeks in Canada have a proud legacy as entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and community leaders. Indeed, our country is home to over 250,000...”

Mr. Bryan May (Cambridge, Lib.)

December 8th
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Statements by Members

“...e unemployment and underemployment, volunteerism, internships, apprenticeships, co-op programs, and entrepreneurship. I call on all Canadians who wish to participate to submit a brief to the human res...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

December 8th
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Oral Questions

“...19. Because we recognize the importance of small businesses in Canada, we will always be behind our entrepreneurs. What is reasonable is to have made the investments in infrastructure, to go forward w...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

December 8th
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Oral Questions

“...to verify the claims of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.

At this time, entrepreneurs know that new tax measures will be imposed on January 1. That means that they have less than three weeks to adapt to these measures. Every day that goes by means that entrepreneurs and job creators have one less day to prepare.

Can the government at least tell ...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

December 8th
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Oral Questions

“... soon be presented, along with the details on how they will affect income sprinkling. Canadians and entrepreneurs will find out about these measures very soon.

I would also like to remind my col...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

December 8th
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Oral Questions

“Every day that goes by means that entrepreneurs have one less day to prepare for these new measures. I hope that the measures will be introduced next week at the latest so we can debate them here in the House.

Canadians are right to be pleased. We remember the sad day, July 18, when the government announced draft legislation that could have resulted in tax increases of up to 73%. This bad government would also have made business people pay much more if they wanted to sell their companies to their children.

Will the government pledge to introduce the new measures as quickly as possible, at least next week, so that our entrepreneurs can adequately prepare?”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

December 8th
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Oral Questions

“..., we pledge to do that. The details will be made available very soon.

We will ensure that all entrepreneurs have the information they need to make informed decisions. We do not want to impact fa...”

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Beauce, CPC)

December 8th
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Oral Questions

“...ry about these tax hikes.

Will the government share the details of the tax hike with Canada's entrepreneurs before the new year?”

Mr. Joël Godin (Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier, CPC)

December 8th
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Oral Questions

“...in business. It is one minute to midnight.

Will the government show some respect for Canadian entrepreneurs and let them in on the new tax rules today?”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

December 8th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, details about income sprinkling will be released very shortly. We have listened to entrepreneurs and Canadians from coast to coast to make sure the changes we introduce to improve tax fairness, which might be a foreign concept to the opposition, are done properly and will not have unintended consequences.

We support businesses and business people. We know how important they are. I would like to remind entrepreneurs in his riding and mine that that is why we are cutting the small business tax rate to ...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

December 8th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, I think it is important to remind the member and entrepreneurs across the country that we stand behind them. That is why we have decided to lower the...”

Mr. Francesco Sorbara (Vaughan—Woodbridge, Lib.)

December 7th
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Government Orders

“...gs together key supports, including advisory services, financing, and export support to help propel entrepreneurs to success across Canada.

The regional development agencies are also taking action to boost the growth of Canada's clean tech sector and increase financing support for promising clean technology firms. Starting in 2016-17, the regional development agencies doubled their combined investments in clean tech projects to $100 million a year. This presents entrepreneurs and innovators in every part of the country with an immense opportunity to showcase their ingenuity while encouraging sustainable prosperity for all.

It is this kind of strategic alignment that could be accomplished by having a whole-of-government approach to regional development agencies, working together to strengthen our country as one country while preserving the diversity of our regions. This is what our government is doing for the benefit of all Canadians.

Regional development agencies also deliver programs and initiatives tailored to specific parts of Canada that have their own unique identities. In eastern Canada, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, or ACOA, is a lead economic development organization with flexible programs and an on-the-ground presence. ACOA is well positioned to help grow the economy, foster innovation, and assist in the creation of new jobs, new technologies, and new export opportunities. ACOA has built a strong network of collaborators, including other levels of government, business, academia, and community leaders across the region. (1010)

The Atlantic growth strategy has been implemented to improve business development, advance workforce skills, and increase collaboration among both levels of government to help create a stronger Atlantic Canada economy, something we can all be proud of.

The strength of Canada Economic Development for the Regions of Quebec, CEDQ, lies in its community presence through a network of 12 regional offices that work directly with community stakeholders. This allows CEDQ to understand local needs and issues, to provide timely and adapted solutions to these socio-economic realities, and to align programs and actions with the government priorities and the innovation and skills plan.

In southern Ontario, FedDev Ontario's core programs support the productivity, export capacity, and scale-up of firms, and help accelerate the commercialization of new ideas and innovations. FedDev Ontario contributes to building public-private partnerships and supports communities seeking to diversify their local economies.

In northern Ontario, FedNor's flagship northern Ontario development program focuses on delivering Government of Canada priorities to communities, businesses, and first nations in the less populated but very beautiful northern portion of Canada's largest province.

The government's prosperity and growth strategy for northern Ontario will focus on ways to build on northern Ontario's unique strengths and competitive advantages in such sectors as mining, resources, and agriculture, among other sectors.

In western Canada, Western Economic Diversification, WED, invests in programs that help build on western Canada's strengths. WED's on-the-ground presence in the west supports the western Canadian innovation ecosystem through strong relationships with regional stakeholders, the provincial government, and other federal organizations.

WED is helping to strengthen innovation networks and clusters by supporting innovators to develop the next great technologies, products, and services; creating better jobs for the middle class by assisting western Canadians to obtain the industry-relevant certification and skills they need to compete in today's global and highly competitive economy; and generating more trade and foreign investment opportunities by providing entrepreneurs with the tools needed to grow their companies into globally competitive successes.

The Government of Canada is committed to building a sustainable, diversified, and dynamic economy in Canada's North. The investments of Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, or CanNor, help create jobs, support community economic development, and bring real and tangible benefits to northerners.

CanNor plays a key role in the north's inclusion through its relationships with indigenous organizations and businesses. It creates opportunities for small and medium enterprises, which are the backbone of the Canadian economy, by investing in renewable energy and clean technologies, supporting the growth of northern businesses, and partnering with indigenous groups and companies.

These are examples of the work regional development agencies do every day on the ground on behalf of all Canadians from coast to coast to coast in communities large and small. The regional development agencies will continue to do this important work and fulfill their mandate. The voices of the regions will continue to be heard. The work being done in the regions will remain in the regions. What they do is essential. That is how and where economic development takes place.

They will continue to help Canadians start and grow globally competitive companies, and they will help those companies turn their research and innovation into business opportunities.

They will continue to promote regional advantages to attract global companies, and under one minister they will work together to better coordinate government-led programs for entrepreneurs and innovators.

While each regional development agency meets the needs of local ...”

Mr. Vance Badawey (Niagara Centre, Lib.)

December 7th
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Government Orders

“...investment fund for the province of Ontario; $222 million invested in support of scale-up firms and entrepreneurs, innovative clusters, clean growth, and export development. I can go on, but unfortunately I only have 10 minutes.

Once again, there is progress.

The Federal Economic Development initiative for Northern Ontario, FedNor, and the western economic diversification are examples of working with partners for progress.

The bill proposes to formalize having the regional and national expertise of the regional development agencies all working together under one roof for progress. This creates better synergy and more opportunities for greater progress. It provides the flexibility needed to make real impacts in communities across our great nation.

The regional development agencies would all continue to fulfill their mandates of supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in becoming more innovative, productive, and export oriented, achieving progress. They would continue to work with communities and economic development organizations to identify and generate opportunities for local economic growth, as well as continue to provide programs and services to entrepreneurs and communities that build on distinct competitive regional advantages, their niches.<...”

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

December 7th
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Government Orders

“...anada. It also increases processing times at the development agencies that are supposed to help our entrepreneurs. We are supposed to be working to help our entrepreneurs, but this bill throws roadblocks in their way.

Once again, the Liberal governmen...”

Mr. Luc Berthold (Mégantic—L'Érable, CPC)

December 7th
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Statements by Members

“...lson, who today is sharing the secrets of the Thetford region's success in his book Histoires de 30 entrepreneurs à succès. Comprehensive economic diversification does not just magically happen. Men and women rolled up their sleeves and established businesses, created jobs, and succeeded in difficult circumstances.

That is the Thetford region story. There are still major challenges, and the environmental impact of more than 100 years of asbestos mining is a very heavy burden, but the stories told by Nelson in his book demonstrate the strength of entrepreneurs. Everything is possible when you put in the necessary time and energy and when you enjoy being an entrepreneur.

Thank you, Nelson.”

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

December 7th
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Oral Questions

“...conflicts of interest. This is a minister who organized consultations in the middle of summer, when entrepreneurs were relaxing around the pool. This is a minister who refuses to provide more informat...”

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.)

December 7th
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Oral Questions

“...Coast Guard, the captains, and the work they do.

Mr. Speaker, I think you will agree that the entrepreneurs my colleague referred to are fully aware that we will be lowering taxes for them. The ...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

December 7th
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Oral Questions

“...w and infrastructure is needed is the right thing to do for Canadians, for the economy, and for our entrepreneurs.”

Mr. Peter Schiefke (Vaudreuil—Soulanges, Lib.)

December 6th
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Statements by Members

“Mr. Speaker, today I had the pleasure of joining a number of impressive young entrepreneurs at a reception in honour of Futurpreneur, a non-profit organization that has been fuelling the entrepreneurial passions of young Canadians for over two decades.[English]

Since its inception, Futurpreneur has provided financing and mentoring to nearly 10,000 young women and men, launching more than 8,000 new businesses, and creating over 42,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast.

Our government understands that small business is the backbone of our economy, our communities, and our future. That is why I am proud that our government invested an additional $14 million in Futurpreneur so it can continue to help aspiring young entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to life and to market.[Translation]

I encourage all members to join me in welcoming young Canadian entrepreneurs Julia Deans, Futurpreneur's CEO, and the entire Futurpreneur team.”

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.)

December 6th
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Oral Questions

“...e recognize the economic importance for Canadians all across the country. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are the economic engine of our country. We will be supporting them by lowering their t...”

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

December 6th
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Oral Questions

“...e the measures come into effect on January 1, which is only a few days away. Canadians are worried, entrepreneurs are worried, and Canadian workers across the country are worried.

When will the government tell job-creating entrepreneurs what is going on?”

Hon. Dominic LeBlanc (Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Lib.)

December 6th
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Oral Questions

“...s, most of which are full-time jobs. Canada's economic growth is more good news.

For Canadian entrepreneurs who want a tax break, we are once again pleased to announce that we are lowering taxes...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

December 6th
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Oral Questions

“...that anymore. Canada has the fastest-growing economy in the G7, 600,000 jobs have been created, and entrepreneurs in my riding, and across Canada, know that we are lowering the small business tax from...”

Mr. Todd Doherty (Cariboo—Prince George, CPC)

December 6th
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Government Orders

“...erring to. It was a floating McDonald's during Expo 86 and it had been towed out to Ladysmith. Some entrepreneur had some grand ideas as to what he or she was going to do with it. However, as with man...”

Mr. Steven MacKinnon

November 29th
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Adjournment Proceedings

“...y 1, 2019. For the average small business person, this will mean an additional $1,600 per year. For entrepreneurs and innovators, men and women, people who work hard, who risk money, who risk their future on their dreams, ideas, and ambitions, it will leave that money where it belongs, in their pocket. Up to the maximum of $500,000, there is a potential of $7,500 in tax savings that can be used toward new equipment, hiring new staff, and taking the kinds of decisions that will grow their small businesses.

The government is very pleased to have come forward and met this very important platform commitment.

That is not all. We have worked very hard to ensure that the middle class get a better deal. I know the decision to climb what is often called the “welfare wall”, to make that decision between leaving social assistance and entering the workforce, is sometimes a hard one. I was working with former Prime Minister Martin when he and the current member for Regina—Wascana brought in the working income tax benefit. It is a very efficient measure that helps those Canadians who are looking to climb that welfare wall and getting into the workplace. That WITB, the working income tax benefit, will be increased by $500 million a year, starting in 2019.

I would be happy to discuss more, but these are the measures this government is taking to ensure entrepreneurs, workers, and people who are in the middle class and those who are working hard to imp...”

Mr. Jean-Claude Poissant (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lib.)

November 28th
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Government Orders

“...take the appropriate actions, particularly regarding the new generation of farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs. That is also why this bill will ensure that the government does not change the tax me...”

Mr. Tom Kmiec (Calgary Shepard, CPC)

November 27th
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Private Members' Business

“...tive measure would require a major regulatory review and update and would put financial pressure on entrepreneurs and some provinces to conduct policy reviews and make changes. What is more, any poten...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound

November 27th
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Government Orders

“...hance to visit her wonderful riding and see how very dynamic Whitby's private sector and non-profit entrepreneurs are. However, I did notice a problem in Whitby. I do not want to make comparisons, but...”

Mr. Bob Saroya (Markham—Unionville, CPC)

November 27th
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Government Orders

“... people's money. It is a shame that the government continually attacks those who create wealth, are entrepreneurial, and want to work hard to succeed. We saw this just a few months ago when the finance minister introduced tax planning using private corporations.

Canadians are scared to do business at home. There is no incentive and they are taxed out of the market. Almost every day I hear another example of an entrepreneur, a doctor, a small corporation leaving our country to do business south the border.

This trend cannot continue. We need to allow a healthy environment for businesses to flourish for our economy and in turn our country to be successful. On top of businesses leaving, the debt and deficit continue to rise. It is like the finance minister cannot help himself. The previous Conservative government did right by Canadians.

According to Finance Canada, there was a surplus of $3.2 billion at the end of 2015. The Liberals cannot accept the fact that we balanced the budget in 2014-15, and we did so ahead of our original schedule.

The last economic outlook given by the Minister of Finance showed that revenues were holding up better than expected. GDP growth in the last quarter of 2015 was also higher than expected. (1300)

The previous Conservative government created jobs during the worst economic downturn since the great recession. Canada had the best job creation and economic growth record among G7 countries.

The previous Conservative government balanced the budget. After running a targeted simultaneous program that created and maintained approximately 200,000 jobs, it kept its promise to balance the budget, and it left the Liberals with a $3.2 billion surplus at the end of 2015.

The previous Conservative government lowered taxes. We reduced taxes to their lowest point in 50 years, with a typical family of four saving almost $7,000 per year.

The previous Conservative government created approximately 1.3 million net new jobs, the most per capita in the G7. These were high-quality jobs, with 80% of them full-time and another 80% of them in the private sector.

The Prime Minister and the finance minister were lucky enough to inherit good fortune in the form of a balanced budget and a recovering economy thanks to the Conservatives. However, their carelessness and mismanagement spent this good fortune very quickly.

Here we are now halfway through the Liberal government's mandate and all we can see is that the Prime Minister is giving with one hand while taking with the other. This is not sustainable, this is not responsible, and Canadians are concerned.

In order to feed their greedy spending, the Liberals have raised taxes on hydro, gasoline, home heating, health and dental benefits, employee discounts, personal savings, life-saving therapies, and of course local businesses.

The government is hurting the very people it claims to want to help. Job creating businesses will not invest in the Canadian economy if they do not know the cost of doing business. Saddling businesses with higher taxes, changing the rules of the game when they are not looking, and handing borrowed money from one politician to another is not going to create jobs. Mom and pop shops will face higher taxes, which will put many out of business.

It is high tax hypocrisy for the Prime Minister and finance minister to force middle-class Canadians to pay for the government's out-of-control spending while their family fortunes remain untouched. Too many Canadian families are already struggling to make ends meet. They cannot afford to be taxed further.

I am in favour of free market, where people are able to get ahead by working hard. It contributes to economic freedom, prosperity, and creates a competitive market. This creates more choice for both the firm and the consumer. Free market principles and hard work are what allowed me to become a successful businessman. These principles are what inspire the Canadian dream and are the way we build a prosperous country.

Every economist knows that the only reason our economy has slowed is because companies have stopped investing. The government is stifling opportunities. This is not right. I cannot understand the current Liberal approach that more government spending, higher taxes, and regulatory uncertainty will solve this problem. I obviously cannot support the legislation. Taxpayers do not deserve this. Businesses and entrepreneurs do not deserve this. Canadians do not deserve this.”

Mr. Nick Whalen (St. John's East, Lib.)

November 24th
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Statements by Members

“...rs combined; the Atlantic immigration pilot program and the start-up visa program for international entrepreneurs; $2 billion over 11 years for trade in Atlantic Canada; and world-leading cold ocean r...”

Mrs. Deborah Schulte (King—Vaughan, Lib.)

November 24th
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Statements by Members

“...amber of Commerce Women to Women Symposium.

The women there were true leaders in business and entrepreneurship, and it was wonderful to hear their shared experiences of breaking gender barriers....”

Mr. Jean Rioux (Saint-Jean, Lib.)

November 24th
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Statements by Members

“.... It is the second-oldest French-language newspaper in North America.

Canada needs innovative entrepreneurs like Mr. Bouchard, people who believe that dynamic, informed, connected communities ar...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

November 24th
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Oral Questions

“...usiness owners to ensure growth for the country and to provide the right conditions for investment, entrepreneurship, and prosperity.

That is what we have been doing and what we will continue to...”

Mr. Matt Jeneroux (Edmonton Riverbend, CPC)

November 24th
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Private Members' Business

“...e jobs. We need to put people back to work and allow them to use their skills and take the risks in entrepreneurship that they are so good at in Alberta. However, it is unfortunate that the government has killed a lot of that entrepreneurship. We are seeing higher rates of homelessness.

We had 14,000 jobs lost in July ...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound

November 23rd
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Business of Supply

“...9.[English]

For the average small business, this will leave an additional $1,600 per year for entrepreneurs and innovators to reinvest in their businesses and to create jobs.

Finally, the ...”

Mr. Bob Saroya (Markham—Unionville, CPC)

November 22nd
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Statements by Members

“...o over 400 employees, and it recently celebrated its 14th anniversary.

Without the efforts of entrepreneurs like Mr. Deng and Mr. Jin, Canada would not be what it is today. I am glad to see that...”

Mr. Ziad Aboultaif (Edmonton Manning, CPC)

November 22nd
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Statements by Members

“...o celebrate their love for Canada as much as they celebrate their love for Lebanon; celebrate their entrepreneurial spirit as their ability to contribute to the diversity that we enjoy in the country,...”

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Beauce, CPC)

November 22nd
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Finance is unfairly adding to Canadian entrepreneurs' tax burden.

The Minister of Finance is telling our disappointed entrepreneurs to call him, but the Auditor General indicated that more than 29 million Canadian entrepreneurs did not have their calls returned. That represents almost half of the people who called the minister.

I want to ask the Minister of Finance a simple question: when will he pick up the phone and answer the calls of concerned entrepreneurs?”

Mr. Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, NDP)

November 22nd
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Government Orders

“...ation's reefer madness thinking about cannabis, Canada should be taking advantage by empowering our entrepreneurs and developing export markets all around the world.

Millions of Canadians use ca...”

Mr. Blake Richards (Banff—Airdrie, CPC)

November 22nd
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Adjournment Proceedings

“...s then dropped their hot mess of a tax planning proposal that would raise taxes on job creators and entrepreneurs, in a blatant attack on small business owners.

We have heard from the finance minister that hard-working Canadians have to pay their so-called fair share, while well-connected Liberals continue to protect their millions. As it turns out, the personal fortunes of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance are safe from these new tax proposals. They, along with their well-connected cronies, are not going to pay a cent more in taxes.

This is what the Liberals are trying to pass off as fair. I suppose this should not come as a surprise, as the Prime Minister infamously insulted hard-working small business owners during the election by saying that he knows “that a large percentage of small businesses are actually just ways for wealthier Canadians to save on their taxes...”.

On top of all of this, the Liberals have decided that the real problem, the real tax evaders, are hard-working small business owners, whose businesses are actually considered to be too small to be classified as small business. How does that make any sense? We are not talking about millionaire crony, Stephen Bronfman, the Prime Minister's personal friend and the Liberals' chief fundraiser, who was alleged in the paradise papers to be evading taxes. No, the Liberals are targeting small business owners for being too small. I wish I were exaggerating, because it sounds like a comedy of errors.

The Liberals claim they have not changed the active versus passive income rules, but they have issued a new interpretation of these rules that will adversely affect many small businesses, such as campgrounds, by arbitrarily assigning their income as passive income, when the amount of work involved is anything but passive. Many campgrounds and other small businesses are now receiving huge new tax bills, more than three times the rate of other small businesses, simply because they do not have five full-time, year-round employees to qualify for the small business tax rate. Again, the Liberals are trying to tell them that somehow they are too small to be a small business.

These tax bills will put many of these small businesses right out of business. A business that is considered too small should not be a reason to exclude anyone from this tax rate, especially when entrepreneurs are often a part of the daily operations of their small businesses.

Does the min...”

Mrs. Carol Hughes (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, NDP)

November 21st
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Statements by Members

“...nt. This week, the Hearst Economic Development Corporation will recognize the contribution of young entrepreneurs at the Panache awards gala. It will also celebrate the 65th anniversary of Ted Wilson'...”

Hon. Judy A. Sgro (Humber River—Black Creek, Lib.)

November 8th
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Government Orders

“...certainly do much better. This means up to $7,500 in federal corporate tax savings per year to help entrepreneurs and innovators do what they do best. Small businesses are a key driver of our economy and a cornerstone of communities across the country. As our plan works to grow the economy, small businesses see the benefits of that growth with lower taxes.

As we continue to move forward, we want to ensure that the average Canadian has a good quality of life and can take the opportunities the government is trying to provide them by tax advantages that only the richest individuals, using high-priced accountants, were able to take advantage of in the past. Instead, the government has listened to small business owners, professionals, farmers, and fishers and will move forward in a way that protects all of them, innovators and entrepreneurs as well. As we lower taxes on small business, we are committed to ensuring that they s...”

Mr. Dean Allison (Niagara West, CPC)

November 8th
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Government Orders

“... while the government can create jobs, programs, and a number of different things, it is ultimately entrepreneurs who create the work, the employment, and the wealth in our country. I say that because one of the things the government fails to understand, or one of the challenges it has had over the last little while, is the uncertainty that small businesses face.

There is a number of issues and a number of things the Liberals are trying to do in stimulating the country, such as universal child benefit and other that obviously will make families better off. We do not have a problem with that. The challenge we have is the instability of what entrepreneurs face. Let me give an example.

While we were in government, we did a number of things to try to encourage entrepreneurs to start businesses. I used the acronym called “TIRE” because it was a multi-pronged approach. We lowered corporate taxes to one of the lowest in the G7, down to 25%. We can say okay, it was great that we lowered corporate taxes, but what did that do? That was just one thing in a number of things we did, but it was important to create certainty for entrepreneurs to flourish.

Let me talk about the acronym of TIRE and what it stands for. The “T” stands for taxes and trade. One of the things we did was lowered taxes for corporations because we wanted to increase investment in Canada and we wanted to create a favourable environment to encourage other crown corporations and individuals to invest here.

The second thing we did was trade. We worked on the CETA deal, which we pretty much got to the finish line. It was nice to see the Liberals complete it. However, we were there. We negotiated it over the four years we were in government.

The second one was TPP, another agreement we worked on and had actually signed it but were waiting for ratification on it. This is important because Canada has about 35 million people and they cannot possibly sell all their goods to each other. We are definitely a trading nation. These are important things. We count very heavily on the U.S. That number used to be 85% to 90%. I realize now it is down to 75%. However, we need to create other opportunities. This was one of the reasons why we worked on trade along with taxes.

The “I” in TIRE, is infrastructure, investments, and immigration reform. We worked on these things. We spent major amounts of money in infrastructure across the country, and we got it out in record time. The Liberal government has also promised infrastructure money, but we have not seen a whole lot in the first two years. There is always some concern with a half billion dollars going to the Asia Infrastructure Bank, but the budget officer has said that almost $2 billion have been unspent at this point in time.

The “R” stands for research and development, and red tape reduction. If we look at the R and D, the government continues to spend money on it and continues to commit money to it. These are good things, but sometimes it misses the mark. We have talked about superclusters being important. My challenge is that as a small business person, it is very hard to access those things. Most businesses in the country are small businesses. While there is probably nothing wrong with the concept of superclusters, the challenge is that money needs to go to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Entrepreneurs tell us all the time that it is always difficult to raise capital. If we look at some of these things, this always seems to be the number one issue. When we look at places like San Francisco, silicon valley, Boston, Israel, and a number of other places around the world, there is great entrepreneurship. A lot of times Canadian companies have to go south of the border to raise money for second rounds, third rounds, VC rounds, and those kinds of things. These are some of the things with which we are challenged. When we look at R and D, absolutely important is the number of programs. The government has programs such as SR&ED a few others that are effective and helpful.

I sat on the red tape reduction committee. We travelled the country, and red tape was another thing that frustrated entrepreneurs to no end. We have to find ways to continue. One of the things we implemented was the one for one rule. When a new regulation was introduced, we would reduce a regulation.

One of the challenges is this. The federal government regulates a number of areas. However, then there are provincial and municipal jurisdictions and each of these add a layer and make it difficult for entrepreneurs to get started. (1615)

The last thing, the “E” in TIRE, is entrepreneurship and the economy. One of the things I always tell people when I talk to them about business is that there is a whole suite of things that we need to do in order to encourage entrepreneurship in this country. Right now, there are obviously a number of incubators and accelerators. Members are obviously familiar with Communitech in Waterloo, which does an amazing job. There are a number of other incubators and accelerators across this country. I always wonder if it would not make sense, as we move forward, to encourage colleges and universities to look at making that part of their mandate. I realize that is not always possible, but I think if we are going to teach entrepreneurship, if we are going to talk to people about starting businesses, then we also have to give them a place to actually help hone their craft.

Some of the things that are helpful for incubators are, obviously, that there is access to capital and money, that there are mentors, and that there is an environment where there is a chance to work and feed off what is going on with other individuals. As I visited a number of incubators in Silicon Valley, one of the things that was amazing was this whole issue of like-mindedness. People could come together, share their ideas, have access to capital, and all those other things.

However, one of the things we struggle with in this country is that we do not have a culture of entrepreneurship. I talk to students taking business programs all the time and ask them what they think they are going to do. They tell me that once they get their MBA, they want to work for a big company. Now, there is nothing wrong with working for a big company, but one of the challenges we have in this country is that we do not have enough people willing to start businesses and be entrepreneurial.

As I look at these things that we worked on as a government, I use TIRE, where the “T” is for taxes and trade; the “I” is for infrastructure, investments, and immigration reform, which is trying to help businesses bring in the people they need; the “R” is for R and D, and red tape reduction; and, of course, the “E” is for entrepreneurship and economy.

One of the things that has been a challenge with the latest implementation, or the thought process of taxes and taxation, has been the uncertainty for small businesses. I have literally had all kinds of phone calls coming into my office. People were saying that they were not happy and were not sure what they were going to do.

I co-hosted a round table here on Parliament Hill as the co-chair of the entrepreneur caucus with my colleagues. We had the CFIB and a number of individuals. We had a high-net-worth accountant, who represents a lot of money. He said that since this has happened, over $1 billion has gone south of the border. Now, we are never going to see a press release sent out on who was going to invest in Canada but will not now. Money is fluid, and it can move in different directions. Quite frankly, when there is uncertainty, it makes it a challenge.

I also want to talk about the unintended consequences of some of the proposed tax changes. Remember, in previous years, it took the Carter commission four years to look at tax changes and another six years to implement them, which is over a decade. However, this was done in less than 75 days in the middle of the summer.

Doctors are a segment of people who were singled out as not paying their fair share of taxes. I have an individual in my office who lives in my riding but has a practice in Welland. She is a dermatologist, and her husband is an orthopaedic surgeon. She feels totally vilified with what is going on here. She and her husband have over $400,000 in debt, with another $100,000 for her to set up her practice in Welland. She said that if things do not change that, in two years when her lease runs out, she will be moving south of the border. I am not saying that every doctor is leaving, but there are certainly individuals out there who do not feel like the hard work and time they put in is going to be rewarded.

As I look at some of the budget implementation act, I see large deficits, which are for a time when the economy is not doing that well. Right now, the economy has been doing relatively well. What happens if we continue to spend all of this money that is for a rainy day? Our growth is better than average, and maybe better than expected, but I believe that on the horizon we will see less than 2% growth, or 1% and change, over the next couple of years.

If we stack up some of things that are going on here, such as the uncertainty with the tax proposals, the fact remains that it is still hard for entrepreneurs to access money. When we look at taxing passive income, it makes it very discouraging ...”

Mr. Matt DeCourcey (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.)

November 8th
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“...tic Canadians. Could my hon. colleague talk about how our focus on innovation is helping companies, entrepreneurs, and people in his community thrive in this growing economy?”

Mr. Matt DeCourcey (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lib.)

November 8th
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Government Orders

“...on, I can assure the House that the federal government is committed to empowering Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs through innovation. Under the Atlantic growth strategy, the government is taking bold action to create more middle-class jobs, strengthen local communities, and grow the economy. The AGS will enhance and enrich Atlantic Canada's innovation ecosystem.[Translation]

Recently designated community of the year for startups in Canada, Fredericton has built a well-earned reputation as an entrepreneurial hub and a centre of innovation.

Thanks in part to the University of New Brunswick's essential role, the innovation ecosystem of this city is attracting a larger number of creative entrepreneurs.[English]

In our 150th year of Confederation, as we prepare to once again take o...”

Mr. Harold Albrecht (Kitchener—Conestoga, CPC)

November 8th
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Government Orders

“...t we hold dear, so I thank my hon. colleague for that.

In his speech, the member talked about entrepreneurship, innovation, and innovation hubs, which we certainly applaud on this side. I am ble...”

Mr. Matt DeCourcey

November 8th
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Government Orders

“...while I am here in Ottawa this week.

I mentioned that Fredericton was recently named Canada's entrepreneurship start-up capital. We are home to UNB, Canada's most entrepreneurial university, with incubators such as Planet Hatch and Energia, which the government supported in its launch. We have focus clusters on cybersecurity, on green energy, and on smart grid growth.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, through the Atlantic growth strategy, is focused on supporting the start-up and life-cycle of entrepreneurs in our community, through supporting them in innovative new processes.

In additi...”

Hon. K. Kellie Leitch (Simcoe—Grey, CPC)

November 7th
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Government Orders

“...dy pay enough tax. (1130)

However, it is not enough for the Liberals, who look at successful entrepreneurs as tax cheats and a source of revenue. In fact, the Liberals are so desperate for mone...”

Ms. Mary Ng (Markham—Thornhill, Lib.)

November 7th
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Statements by Members

“...on, with the IBM innovation space in the Markham Convergence Centre, home to the next generation of entrepreneurs and start-up companies working in the global marketplace.

I want to highlight Peyman Moeini, an entrepreneur in the innovation centre, who started as an engineering student in a campus-led acceler...”

Mr. Kyle Peterson (Newmarket—Aurora, Lib.)

November 6th
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Government Orders

“... innovate, grow, and create jobs. The Business Development Bank of Canada, BDC, is helping Canadian entrepreneurs achieve their full potential by facilitating their access to tailored solutions, including financing and consulting at each stage of their development. BDC services support the start-up and growth of small businesses across Canada.

BDC is mandated to support Canadian entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on SMEs. It does so by offering financing and advisory services. BDC financing provides business loans with flexible financing options, such as principle postponements and pre-authorized working capital, which help to protect the company's cash flow.

Before I go any further, I would like to inform this House that I am honoured to be splitting my time with the member for Parkdale—High Park.

Through its investments in a broad range of services, from venture capital to quasi-equity and securitization, BDC supports innovative and high-growth companies as they expand operations and scale up.

BDC's advisory services, which include a broad range of business support and consulting provided through a network of consultants, help businesses scale up, improve productivity, and export. Through its pan-Canadian reach, BDC serves nearly 49,000 clients, active in all industries nationwide, through a network of 118 business centres located across Canada.

To further expand its reach to entrepreneurs, BDC leverages its support to SMEs through more than 290 partnerships, strategic relationships, and memberships. Among other things, these partnerships allow BDC to improve support for underserved entrepreneurs, including young entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs, indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses in Canada's north, social entrepreneurs, immigrant entrepreneurs, and rural entrepreneurs.

BDC also extends its reach and visibility to SMEs by organizing the annual BDC small business week, which was successfully held across Canada this year during the week of October 16. The BDC small business week celebrates entrepreneurship at local, provincial, and national events. It attracts close to 10,000 entrepreneurs at hundreds of events held across Canada.

As an instrument of public policy, BDC also responds to the direction from the government on areas with the most priority. For example, recognizing the importance of venture capital to Canada's economic prosperity, the Government of Canada introduced the venture capital action plan, VCAP, in 2013 and directed BDC to act as an agent of the government in managing the VCAP.

BDC also participates in the development and deployment of the accelerated growth service, AGS, which delivers coordinated, client-centric federal support, including financing, advisory services, and export and innovation support from participating federal organizations. As part of its role in the AGS, BDC collaborates with other organizations in the federal family to operationalize its concept, and to offer coordinated access to government services and programs.

The proposed changes in Bill C-63 to the Business Development Bank of Canada Act will allow the BDC to deliver on key initiatives in budget 2017, and thus improve access to capital for innovative SMEs operating in emerging sectors of the Canadian economy. (1240)

SMEs will be the Canadian job creators of the future. In particular, BDC will also be making available new financing to clean technology firms, including SMEs, to help them hire new staff, develop innovative products, and support domestic and international sales. Innovation in clean technology will lead to products and services that will have an impact on all sectors of the Canadian economy. Clean tech has the potential to create thousands of well-paying jobs for Canadians.

The legislative change will also allow BDC to administer the venture capital catalyst initiative, VCCI, which will increase the late-stage venture capital available to Canadian entrepreneurs, and help Canadian start-ups grow and succeed. Venture capital is an essential source ...”

Mr. Arif Virani (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism), Lib.)

November 6th
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Government Orders

“...e tax benefit by $500 million, which will benefit 1.4 million Canadians. Additionally, to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in our communities, we are lowering the small business tax from 11% to 9%.

This is a strong budget that will benefit people from coast to coast, including my fellow residents of Parkdale—High Park. This will be done by ensuring tax fairness, thanks to this new budget implementation act. It will put Canada's most skilled, talented, and innovative individuals at the heart of our future economy, creating more jobs both in the short term and the long term. We will also be implementing an agenda that addresses the changing nature of the economy to ensure that it will work for all Canadians.

This legislation allocates $400 million for the venture capital catalyst initiative. This will directly benefit start-ups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses in Parkdale—High Park and right around the country. It is the sm...”

Mr. Randeep Sarai (Surrey Centre, Lib.)

November 6th
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Government Orders

“...s the expression of middle-class Canadians' passion, hard work, and great ideas. We want to applaud entrepreneurs and employees who make our communities so dynamic. We have lowered the tax rate for small businesses by almost one-fifth, from 11% down to 9%, to ensure small-business owners have the financial environment they need to thrive. (1340)

However, one cannot talk about entrepreneurship without discussing innovation. To me, innovation means Surrey companies like Safe Software Incorporated, whose Feature Manipulation Engine software allows companies worldwide to manipulate reams of geographic data as easily as we might watch a Facebook video. It means Surrey companies like Orello Hearing Technologies, whose novel, inexpensive hearing aid is poised to disrupt the industry and dismantle the systemic barriers that face Canadians with hearing disabilities. To me, innovation is the reason I often see people's eyes light up when I mention my province of beautiful British Columbia.

This is why I am glad to see our government enacting the innovation and skills plan included in budget 2017. We have already set aside $950 million for the creation of technological superclusters. Members are likely familiar with many tech clusters already. Many of them know the reputation of places like Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, and the Toronto–Waterloo corridor. Clusters bring industry, government, and academia together to foster great ideas and energize economies. B.C.'s own digital technology supercluster is poised to stand out as an example to the world of developing and harnessing virtual and augmented reality in ways that benefit industries from gaming to forestry.

With this budget implementation bill, we would pour an additional $400 million into our venture capital catalyst initiative and invest $600 million in green technology firms. As my Vancouver to Ottawa flight consistently reminds me, Surrey is three hours behind Ottawa when it comes to time zones. However, Bill C-63 would ensure that we are years ahead when it comes to innovation.

Surrey is home to almost half a million people. That is half a million residents hoping to see their dreams become reality. They are dreams like those of our entrepreneurs, who aim to disrupt our outdated world views and leave their mark on our society, drea...”

Mr. John Barlow (Foothills, CPC)

November 6th
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Statements by Members

“...k and P.E.I. to talk to our farmers in Atlantic Canada. Their innovation, diversity of product, and entrepreneurial spirit is incredible, but what I heard from these farmers is the frustration with Li...”

Hon. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

November 6th
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Oral Questions

“...vernment has demonized retail workers who enjoy an employee discount. It has demonized hard-working entrepreneurs and business owners, and characterized them as tax cheats. The Prime Minister is even ...”

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

November 6th
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Oral Questions

“...r, meanwhile, with his tax reform, the Prime Minister spent weeks essentially accusing our farmers, entrepreneurs, and professionals of fraud.

The paradise papers scandal is proof of the Liberal...”

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Beauce, CPC)

November 6th
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Oral Questions

“...ut the way it is interpreted has, because the least fortunate are being targeted.

This summer entrepreneurs were the ones being targeted, and now it is people with type 1 diabetes. In fact, 80% ...”

Mr. Luc Berthold (Mégantic—L'Érable, CPC)

November 3rd
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Statements by Members

“...ngs about snow on the roads and some days at noon about people going hungry. We built parks, helped entrepreneurs create jobs, and influenced higher levels of government.

Mayors and councillors ...”

Mr. Tom Kmiec (Calgary Shepard, CPC)

November 2nd
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Government Orders

“...? The Liberals expect to raise an extra $145 million on the backs of energy workers and oil and gas entrepreneurs in Alberta, and I find that shameful.

Obviously I cannot support this bill. I ca...”

Mrs. Salma Zahid (Scarborough Centre, Lib.)

November 2nd
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Oral Questions

“... story of immigration. Those who choose Canada bring with them their unique culture, skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit that strengthens our economy.

My family immigrated to Canada 18 years a...”

Hon. Mélanie Joly (Minister of Canadian Heritage, Lib.)

October 30th
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Oral Questions

“...ators in his riding.

Through Creative Canada, we are investing in incubators to give creative entrepreneurs access to the tools they need to nurture their ideas. We are proud to have invested $5...”

Mr. Randy Boissonnault (Edmonton Centre, Lib.)

October 26th
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Statements by Members

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate an organization that fosters entrepreneurship, shares ideas, and builds leaders.

Young Presidents' Organization, or YPO, is...”

Mr. Arnold Viersen (Peace River—Westlock, CPC)

October 24th
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Statements by Members

“...as 55 years old before he started writing cheques to himself.

Before that, he struggled as an entrepreneur. He paid the government, he paid the bank, he paid his landlord, he paid the utilities,...”

Mr. John Barlow (Foothills, CPC)

October 23rd
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Private Members' Business

“...ill is another example of how they are doing the exact opposite.

This bill would take away an entrepreneur's opportunity to grow their business. In effect, once again, the Liberals are purposely...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

October 23rd
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Business of Supply

“...and support small business owners, so they actively invest in their growth, create jobs, strengthen entrepreneurship and stimulate growth—”

Hon. Peter Kent (Thornhill, CPC)

October 23rd
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Business of Supply

“...w by practising tax and pension management experts, and the thousands of middle-class self-employed entrepreneurs who see this as an unfair and destructive attack on family businesses and their employ...”

Mrs. Alaina Lockhart (Fundy Royal, Lib.)

October 20th
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Statements by Members

“...Small Business Week, and every other day, our government will celebrate and support our hardworking entrepreneurs.”

Mr. Stephen Fuhr (Kelowna—Lake Country, Lib.)

October 20th
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Statements by Members

“...eting Partners, Volinspire, Hybrid Elevator Inc., NewCap Radio, and Northside Industries. The Young Entrepreneur Award went to Andrew Gaucher. Finally, the Business Leader of the Year Award went to La...”

Mr. Rémi Massé (Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia, Lib.)

October 19th
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Business of Supply

“...end for his extraordinary work. I would have liked to ask the minister how the union presidents and entrepreneurs in his region reacted to the measures that we implemented and that he listed. I can say that his answer would have been quite clear. Entrepreneurs are satisfied with the measures we have implemented. I will have more to say about that in the next few minutes.

I would like to reassure my opposition colleagues, notably my colleague from Richmond—Arthabaska, that the softwood lumber issue is an absolute priority for our government. I will say it again. It is an absolute priority. As the Minister of International Trade said earlier, we are proud of our world-class forestry sector. Canadian forestry companies employ more than 230,000 Canadians across the country, often in rural regions, where they play a key role in the economy by employing hundreds of middle-class workers. That is the case in my riding, Avignon—La Mitis—Matane—Matapédia. Our businesses and our economy largely depend on forestry, and I am very proud of our entrepreneurs’ work in the forestry industry.

The forestry sector is clearly a major contributor to Canada’s economic growth, contributing more than $21 billion to the country’s GDP. We have worked hard to diversify our export markets and to offer the highest quality Canadian products around the world. These measures have created excellent opportunities for Canadian businesses in Asia, particularly in China. The United States is obviously the primary destination for Canadian softwood lumber exports. In 2016 alone, 78% of such exports were destined for the United States, with a value of more than $7.6 billion. It is therefore essential that we maintain stable and predictable access to the American market if we want our softwood lumber industry to continue to prosper and if we want Canadian workers to keep their well paid jobs. That is why the softwood lumber file has been an absolute priority for our government since our first day in office.

As soon as he took office, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was then Minister of International Trade, asked for broad consultations with the main stakeholders in the softwood lumber industry, including provincial and territorial governments, small and large softwood lumber businesses, producers of various types of softwood lumber products, industrial associations, unions, and representatives from indigenous groups.

In my region, particularly in Amqui, Carleton-sur-Mer, and Gesgapegiag, I have had the opportunity to consult with various stakeholders and entrepreneurs who are working hard to grow their businesses. I have met with them, along with some o...”

Mr. Mike Bossio (Hastings—Lennox and Addington, Lib.)

October 18th
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Statements by Members

“... Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa. I think we can all agree that it is “udderly” amazing to see small entrepreneurs making it to the big time.

The finance minister and I had a chance to talk with ...”

Mr. Francesco Sorbara (Vaughan—Woodbridge, Lib.)

October 18th
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Statements by Members

“... 19, Carlo Baldassarra immigrated to Canada from Italy full of ambition.[English]

Through his entrepreneurial spirit, Carlo co-founded the Greenpark Group, which has built homes for over 72,000 ...”

Ms. Ruby Sahota (Brampton North, Lib.)

October 18th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, this year is the 38th Small Business Week, which celebrates Canada's entrepreneurs and small businesses. From mom-and-pop shops in Brampton, like T By Daniel to innovative giants, small businesses truly are the backbone of the Canadian economy.

This week, over 208 events being held from coast to coast to coast give entrepreneurs the opportunity to network, and access business advice and solutions.

Could the ...”

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister, Lib.)

October 18th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, our government always has supported and always will support hard-working Canadian entrepreneurs and small business owners.

This week we announced that we are delivering on our ...”

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, CPC)

October 17th
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Business of Supply

“...t his family fortune would not be affected by any of the tax increases. Meanwhile, the hard-working entrepreneurs who started with nothing and built their way from the ground up were expected to pay t...”

Hon. Erin O'Toole (Durham, CPC)

October 17th
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Business of Supply

“...ng to all small business owners on this issue, said, “Let me start by apologizing to each and every entrepreneur, small business owner, physician, and constituent in the Town of Whitby for the tone an...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound

October 17th
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Business of Supply

“...for small businesses and support owners to actively invest in their growth, create jobs, strengthen entrepreneurship, and grow our economy; avoid creating unnecessary red tape for small business owner...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound

October 17th
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Business of Supply

“...e growth has been really intense. We have full employment in Quebec City. The problem that a lot of entrepreneurs face is a shortage of labour, which is a good spot to be in, in a way, but it needs to...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

October 17th
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Business of Supply

“...to the next generation. That is complete nonsense. The current government wanted to raise taxes for entrepreneurs who are putting money aside. In the private sector, business owners put money aside to use in the bad years, to pay bonuses, to invest in equipment, and even to use as a pension fund. The government wanted to collect more taxes from them, and I am not even talking about income splitting.

We are talking three senseless direct attacks against our entrepreneurs. The minister did not have much time to answer questions yesterday because the Prime Minister did not want him to, but he did announce something that he seemed to think was the best thing since sliced bread. He was very proud to confirm that the government would be lowering taxes on entrepreneurs, on small businesses, to 9%. How wonderful.

Hang on. Does anyone here remember t...”

Mr. Francesco Sorbara (Vaughan—Woodbridge, Lib.)

October 17th
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Business of Supply

“...r stakeholders to get it right.

The city of Vaughan is home to over 13,000 businesses, and an entrepreneurial spirit I find is unrivalled in the country. [Translation]

Our government conti...”

Mr. Francesco Sorbara

October 17th
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Business of Supply

“...our caucus on ways to improve our proposals to ensure we would not affect hard-working middle-class entrepreneurs, many who live in the city of Vaughan and many who I represent as the member of Parlia...”

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, CPC)

October 17th
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Business of Supply

“...ation. Fifth, it ensures that the tax system will continue to favour big business at the expense of entrepreneurs, particularly female entrepreneurs, whose success in small business is breaking the glass ceiling.

It has taken too...”

Mr. Pat Kelly (Calgary Rocky Ridge, CPC)

October 17th
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Business of Supply

“...out conflict of interest and the appearance of conflict of interest. As thousands of professionals, entrepreneurs, shop owners, construction contractors, fishers, and farmers nervously contacted their...”

Mr. Pat Kelly

October 17th
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Business of Supply

“...outrage. I share and fully understand why they are upset. What compounds the level of anger felt by entrepreneurs and business owners, as the government is characterizing them as under-taxed at best, ...”

Mrs. Mona Fortier

October 17th
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Business of Supply

“...of our caucus on how to improve our proposals so that they do not affect hard-working, middle-class entrepreneurs like family businesses, farmers and fishers. We listened to their comments and we are following up on what we heard. The minister is following up on what he heard. That is his role as finance minister.

In the short run, the government intends to streamline the proposal that would limit the ability of private corporation owners to pay less personal income tax by sprinkling their income to family members. Over the next few weeks and months, the government will unveil the next stages in its plan, which the Minister of Finance is mandated to promote, to address tax planning using private corporations. The measures we take will reflect the feedback that we have reviewed to date, and we will continue to carefully review the remaining feedback.

The government will continue to support small businesses and their contribution to our communities and economy. We will keep a low tax rate for small businesses and support their owners so that they can actively invest in the growth of their businesses, create jobs, boost entrepreneurship, and stimulate the growth of our economy.

We recognize the importance of main...”

Mr. Randeep Sarai (Surrey Centre, Lib.)

October 17th
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Statements by Members

“...businesses to access government procurement tenders, and we have increased the capital available to entrepreneurs through the $400 million venture capital catalyst initiative. Under our government's leadership, the BDC has announced a new $50 million fund to support women in tech and has exceeded its lending target of $700 million for women entrepreneurs.

All of this has made Canada the best country in the G7 to start a business. To all middle-class entrepreneurs and small business owners across British Columbia, across Canada—”

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Milton, CPC)

October 17th
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Oral Questions

“...f and a completely other set for everybody else. He made the choice to attack hard-working Canadian entrepreneurs while protecting his own personal wealth. He is the one that is hiding an offshore acc...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

October 17th
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Oral Questions

“...the strongest growth we have seen in the past 10 years.

These factors are the reason Canadian entrepreneurs are prospering. Our Minister of Finance is working in the interest of Canadians, regar...”

Mr. Pierre Paul-Hus

October 17th
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Business of Supply

“...summer. Everyone stood up, not just members of the Conservative Party, everyone in Canada. Canadian entrepreneurs stood up and said that these measures would not work, that they went against their int...”

Mr. Robert Sopuck (Dauphin—Swan River—Neepawa, CPC)

October 16th
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Government Orders

“...tions of people like Mr. Nickerson. We know that Liberal tax hikes are making it more difficult for entrepreneurs like Mr. Nickerson to maintain and grow their businesses. The previous Conservative government created a low-tax competitive business environment that drove investment and created hundreds and thousands of private sector jobs. In terms of the Liberals' small business tax proposals, Jack Mintz from the University of Calgary, said, “This is just one more way to discourage entrepreneurship, on top of all the tax increases in the past two years.”

Kim Moody, the director of the Canadian tax advisory at Moodys Gartner stated:

What the government will do here is stifle entrepreneurs who have been the backbone of Canada's growth … and all in a 75-day consultation perio...”

Mr. Peter Fonseca (Mississauga East—Cooksville, Lib.)

October 16th
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Statements by Members

“...tech firms; announced the creation of innovation Canada, a one-stop shop for government support for entrepreneurs; and just last week revealed the short-listed winners of the superclusters initiative to accelerate growth from coast to coast to coast.

I am proud that Canada leads the G7 in economic growth. Working with our entrepreneurs and innovative small businesses, we will continue to grow the economy for the middle c...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

October 16th
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Oral Questions

“... election campaign because we recognize how important SMEs are. We will always support middle-class entrepreneurs.

We have also always said that we want to improve the fairness of certain aspect...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

October 16th
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Oral Questions

“...e always been the government of growth, of inclusive prosperity, and we will always be behind small entrepreneurs. The small business tax rate was already the lowest in the G7. That is going to make o...”

Mr. Sean Casey (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Lib.)

October 16th
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Oral Questions

“...ry. Thanks to Creative Canada, we are going to amend our policies to help our cultural creators and entrepreneurs face the challenges of today's digital age. This approach will help Canadians share th...”

Ms. Cheryl Hardcastle (Windsor—Tecumseh, NDP)

October 6th
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Statements by Members

“...e the small gears that turn the big gears of our economy.

Yes, I am talking about our vibrant entrepreneurial innovation and small businesses. From Walkerville, Riverside, Pillette Village, Ford City, and the Tecumseh business areas to the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and the chamber of commerce, wherever people go, they will find a supportive entrepreneurial spirit for small and medium-sized businesses, providing jobs, growth, and developmen...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

October 6th
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“...nance minister just introduced measures that would take $250 million out of the pockets of Canadian entrepreneurs. That is unacceptable.

My question for the Prime Minister is simple: will he agr...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

October 6th
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Oral Questions

“...stem. We want to make sure we are doing things correctly and maintaining a suitable environment for entrepreneurs by keeping our tax rate the lowest in the G7, avoiding unnecessary paperwork to make life easier for our entrepreneurs, and making sure that intergenerational transfers are not impacted by the measures we ...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

October 6th
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Oral Questions

“...impacted and family members can continue to work on the farm.

We will always stand behind our entrepreneurs. We will always stand behind farmers.”

Mr. Joël Godin (Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier, CPC)

October 6th
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“...erce and accountants agree: this so-called tax reform is unacceptable and counterproductive for all entrepreneurs. Middle-class jobs will be lost and businesses will be taxed at 73%. Even worse, the M...”

Ms. Linda Duncan (Edmonton Strathcona, NDP)

October 6th
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“...find hope elsewhere. I find hope in the change-makers who are activating a global network of social entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, policy-makers, and activists to build an “everyone a ch...”

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Beauce, CPC)

October 5th
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“...os.

How can the Minister of Finance justify raising taxes for Canadian plumbers, workers, and entrepreneurs while making sure that his family business remains sheltered from taxes?”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

October 5th
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“... we will always stand behind our small and medium-sized businesses. We will always stand behind our entrepreneurs, and that is what guides our government as we consider everything that we heard from Canadians. We are going to make sure to keep the tax rate the lowest in the G7. We are going to make things easier for entrepreneurs, and we are going to ensure that intergenerational transfers are not affected. We list...”

Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Saint-Hubert, NDP)

October 5th
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“...uebec. Everyone is speaking out against it: the National Assembly, the Union des artistes, even our entrepreneurs such as Peter Simons who points out that local businesses, our entrepreneurs, are doing their fair share. Everyone is against this and yet the minister says she is...”

Hon. Candice Bergen (Portage—Lisgar, CPC)

October 5th
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“...not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater.” Literally at the same time that he was telling entrepreneurs and farmers and small business owners that they were going to have to pay upwards of 7...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

October 5th
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“...t to coast. We want to keep tax rates low for our small businesses. We will always stand behind our entrepreneurs and the growth they create in this country.”

Mr. Randall Garrison (Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke, NDP)

October 5th
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“...iring and retaining workers versus large corporations that have better benefit plans. It would help entrepreneurs who might want to leave a large company and start their own business, but might be afr...”

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Beauce, CPC)

October 4th
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“Mr. Speaker, in their quest for fairness, the Liberals have found a new way to prevent a young entrepreneur from accessing funding to create his own business. The end result is pure hypocrisy. Firms such as Morneau Shepell will not be affected by the reform, but young entrepreneurs will have to look elsewhere to find the necessary funding to build their business.

...”

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Beauce, CPC)

October 4th
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“Mr. Speaker, the middle class, especially young entrepreneurs, will be hit hard by this reform. It is unjust and unfair that public corporations are not being taxed while young entrepreneurs who want to build their businesses are being taxed and prevented from creating wealth....”

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, CPC)

October 3rd
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“...e.

Also, the calculation is extremely conservative. I am excluding the benefits of having the entrepreneur invest the money up-front and to pay the taxes later. For example, the companies she is lending to or investing in are paying her 3% for a reason. They are using her capital to hire people and buy profit generating assets, which also generate tax revenue for the government. I am excluding all of that revenue from my calculation.

The finance minister suggests that these types of passive investments inside a company constitute dead money. He is dead wrong. In fact, this bizarre claim contradicts his own consultation paper, which calculated that these very investments generate $27 billion in income every year. The only way these investments could possibly generate these returns is if the companies receiving the investments use them to fund their own growth.

How much of that growth would be lost if the government deleted the initial investment by forcing the business owner to pay that extra 35% up-front on the principal, or a new double tax of 73% on the resulting income? The $27 billion in growth is a lot of money and it cannot be the result of dead money because we know that dead things do not grow.

The calculation I put forward also excludes other behavioural responses that would inevitably result from the government's proposed tax increase. With the punitive 73% tax rates the government is threatening to impose on passive income, how many of the investments I just described would simply not happen in the first place? How many young people would look at the diminished reward and simply say, why should I bother taking the risk, or why should I not just invest in another country? Even if none of these behavioural changes happen, if we believe the contrived scenarios the finance minister has developed to make his case, the government will still be getting less lifetime revenue, according to the calculations provided by Jay Goodis at Tax Templates.

When I asked the Finance officials these questions, they said it was true that the government would get less revenue, but that it would be fairer because it would be more neutral. That is the kind of negative, adverse thinking that the government has toward our entrepreneurs. This is not a policy of wealth distribution, it is a policy of wealth destruction. Th...”

Hon. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

October 3rd
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Business of Supply

“...er used a passive investment account to save during good times to get through the bad times, female entrepreneurs who decide to self-fund their own maternity leave, and successful business owners who ...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

October 3rd
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Business of Supply

“...gs nor investment income from those savings will be affected. Lastly, we have heard from many women entrepreneurs and professionals who face unique challenges. We want to thank them for bringing their...”

Mr. Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, NDP)

October 3rd
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“.... This government has been in office for two years, and it has yet to take any action to help small entrepreneurs, families who set up small companies to earn living and support their families.

...”

Mr. John Barlow (Foothills, CPC)

October 3rd
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“... touch the Liberal government is with actual hard-working Canadians, our small business owners, our entrepreneurs, our risk-takers, and our job creators, who it is always proposing to help. However, t...”

Mrs. Alaina Lockhart (Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism, Lib.)

October 3rd
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Business of Supply

“...ey choose. However, our government has been clear since our election that we strongly support women entrepreneurs. The Minister of Small Business and Tourism has made it one of her priorities as minister.

We know that of small businesses in Canada, just under 17% are majority owned by women, and that is simply not good enough. That is why we have taken steps to create specific programs that support women entrepreneurs, and when it comes to these proposals, we are committed to ensuring that these changes...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

October 3rd
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Business of Supply

“...r be talking about something else today, but the government decided to specifically target Canadian entrepreneurs, the people who create jobs and wealth and who are the backbone of the Canadian economy. As evidenced by the Minister of Finance's infamous reform proposal, they have fallen out of favour with the Liberal government.

Two aspects of the Liberal government's approach are a complete disgrace. The first is obviously the direct attack on our entrepreneurs, but there is also the fact that Canadians had so little time to debate these major issues. That is why, today, we have moved a motion stating that this Liberal reform is no good, as it is an attack on our entrepreneurs, and asking the government to extend until January 31 the consultations it claims to have held.

In 1962, the Diefenbaker government created the Carter Commission to evaluate proactive tax measures that could be presented by the federal government to stimulate entrepreneurship, investment and job creation. How long did it take for that government and the ones that followed to develop a positive policy? It took ten years because, in the 1960s, governments listened to citizens, business people and those who make the economy work.

It took ten years, until 1972, to achieve the tax measures that we know today. Since then, various adjustments, changes and proposals are made every year, which is perfectly normal. Our job here is to look carefully at each proposal. The scandalous part is that the Minister of Finance launched a supposed 75-day consultation of Canadians in the middle of the summer, on July 18. I was a journalist for 20 years and I have been in politics for nine, so I know the game well enough to know that a government that provides a 75-day consultation period starting in the middle of the summer has already made up its mind; it does not care what people have to say. That is the reality under the Liberal government.

I would like to share just a little story about how I was on vacation when I saw the Minister of Finance's announcement. I checked in with my colleagues, released a statement, and headed to the Radio-Canada studio in Quebec City. I was on vacation. My hair was long, I had a beard, I was wearing bermuda shorts and sandals, but we did the interview anyway because it was important to us. I hope nobody digs out the pictures because that could be embarrassing. I can see that my colleague from Montreal's south shore is having quite a chuckle picturing that. Taxpayers paid for those pictures because we did it at Radio-Canada.

Jokes aside, the fact is that when a government launches consultations in the middle of the summer, that is a sure sign it does not really want to hear what people have to say, and for good reason. How do the Liberals really feel about entrepreneurs? Why did the Liberal government launch this so-called consultation about taxing them more heavily? Because it does not like them. It despises them. People across the aisle are getting all up in arms. They say I am exaggerating, but I am not.

Almost exactly two years ago, on September 8, the CBC's Peter Mansbridge interviewed the Liberal party leader, who said, “a large percentage of small businesses are actually just ways for wealthier Canadians to save on their taxes". Not only is that not true, it is also derogatory, arrogant, and so very Liberal. On the basis of that fallacy, the Liberal government started thinking about ways to help itself to even more of our entrepreneurs' money.

The government settled on a three-pronged approach to making life difficult for our entrepreneurs and getting its hands on even more of their money: business transfers, passive income, and income sprinkling.

Is there anything better than walking into a second-, third-, or fourth-generation business, where the pictures of the grandfather and great grandfather are hanging? How wonderful to see people managing to transfer their knowledge from generation to generation, people motivated by family pride to make their business thrive. (1300)

What does the Minister of Finance’s reform propose?

It proposes further taxing those who would like to sell their business to their children. Too bad for them, but the reality is that, if an entrepreneur wants to sell the family farm or business to their children, they will pay more taxes than if they sold it to a stranger.

How unfortunate. As the member for Carleton notes every time he asks a question on the topic, the risk, particularly in the case of family farms, is that farmers will very likely end up selling to a large company, like McCain, rather than to a family member if it means paying less tax. That is outrageous.

As Canadians, we must respect and promote family entrepreneurship. That is what the provincial government is currently doing, with the support and cooperation of the opposition parties in a spirit that allows family businesses to be sold within the family without any tax penalty.

The first pillar of the Liberal government’s attack is the transfer of businesses, which is taxed more when it happens within a family. What a bad idea.

The second is passive income. The Liberal government wants to further tax people who put money aside in businesses. That is outrageous; absolute heresy. Anyone in business will tell you the facts, which are that, in business, there are good years, and there are bad years. You have to save money when you want to buy something, invest in your company, modernize equipment, give bonuses to employees, hire people or raise salaries.

That is the fair, responsible and realistic way Canadian entrepreneurs operate. That is not the Liberal way, who prefer to live on credit, run deficits and rack up debt without a care in the world.

No! A true entrepreneur is a visionary man or woman who is responsible and puts money aside. Unfortunately, the Liberal government wants to further tax entrepreneurs. That is a sign of the contempt in which it holds them, in typical Liberal fashion.

The third is income distribution. We have been hearing a lot about how it is not right for people to split their income and to hire family members, and what not.

No! In real life, when you know how family businesses work, how often do you hear entrepreneurs say that they had to mortgage their house to stay afloat? Others say they have not paid themselves a salary, and that their children and spouse are pitching in, that everyone is making an effort, everyone is rolling up their sleeves, all trying to make the business grow.

Anyone who visits a local business owner, whether it be the owner of a modest pizzeria on the corner or your local electrician or plumber, knows that the family is engaged and involved in the business's success. Sometimes family members are paid salaries or dividends, but this is not some mortal sin; on the contrary, that is how you run a business.

That is what you are supposed to do. Of those three factors, this is an attack on entrepreneurs because entrepreneurs are not salaried employees. That is what is so vicious about the Liberals' attitude. They are pitting salaried employees and entrepreneurs against one another, when everyone should be working together.

The Liberal government says it is going to tax the wealthiest 1% more. It seems to have forgotten that the Department of Finance found in a report released last week that the infamous 1% paid less in taxes this year than it did two years ago. Will you look at that!

That is the Liberal Party's policy, but I digress. I cannot conclude my remarks without mentioning the fact that, last Friday, we, the five Conservative members for Quebec, spoke out on behalf of Quebec business owners. We held a meeting, and it was very moving to hear from real Canadians, real business owners, and real job creators who are completely disgusted by the Liberal government's attitude.

Thirty-six-year-old Steeve Marin started his company 15 years ago with the support and backing of some of his colleagues. Today, he says that, after all of the sacrifices he has made, what the Liberal government is doing is like using a bazooka to kill a fly. Not only is this approach inadequate, it is disrespectful.

Ms. Lapierre and her husband started a company three years ago. They went without a salary for 10 months so that they could pay their employees. That is what life is really like for business owners, the very people the Liberals intend to go after. It is unacceptable.

Gaétan Boudreau owns a construction company. He said, and I quote, “if this keeps up, I'm walking away”. (1305)

That is the reality. It is not the Conservatives who are saying this. We were pleased to hear from tax expert Louis Julien from Choquette Corriveau, who said that, if these measures are passed as they now stand, business owners will have to pay more taxes. They will have less money for future projects and a lower standard of living. These measures will curb entrepreneurship, cause an economic downturn, negatively affect job creation, and cause hundreds of entrepreneurs to leave Canada. That is what the Liberals' bad policy would do.

The least the g...”

Ms. Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît, NDP)

October 3rd
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Business of Supply

“...o creating a fairer and more equitable tax system for everyone, and to not target only SMEs and the entrepreneurs that drive our local economies across Canada.

The NDP has proposed extending the...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell

October 3rd
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Business of Supply

“... until January 31, we must focus on the frontal attack that the Liberal government is waging on our entrepreneurs.

I sincerely hope that the Liberals, who always say they want to continue listen...”

Mr. Francis Drouin (Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, Lib.)

October 3rd
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“...ure we get this right, particularly when it comes to the new generation of farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs.

The government will not change benefits in the tax system that are intended to help family businesses grow, create jobs, and innovate. Farmers do so much for Canada. They deliver high-quality food to Canadians and our international customers, provide jobs in rural communities, and boost Canada's economy, while working to safeguard our natural resources.

As I am sure my honourable colleagues know, farming is a 24-hour, 7-day a week business. It is a physically demanding, time-consuming job. It is commendable.

Supporting farmers is a priority for the government and for me, personally. We know that one of the greatest returns on investments we can make is helping the next generation enter agriculture as their career of choice.

As the industry grows, so does the need for additional talented, energetic and well-educated young people. The government is committed to helping this new generation obtain the skills and support it needs to help young people move into good-paying jobs, including many opportunities in Canada's agriculture sector.

A recent informal survey by Farm Credit Canada of 33 post-secondary institutions offering agriculture and ag-related programs confirms agriculture has become a popular career option, especially over the past five years as the industry has grown.

According to Statistics Canada, in 2014, over 12,000 students across Canada were studying in agriculture or an ag-related program. This is great news. A University of Guelph study found that there are 4 job openings for every graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College. The gap has risen from 3 jobs for every graduate in 2012, despite a 30% increase in enrolment over the same period.

Sixty-seven per cent of agriculture companies and 51% of food processors or retailers said they had trouble finding qualified employees, according to the study. The University of Manitoba's School of Agriculture just graduated its largest class in more than 30 years. Similarly, the University of Guelph’s Alfred campus offers a wide range of courses aimed at training the next generation of farmers.

According to Statistics Canada’s Census of agriculture, for the first time since 1991, the number of farmers under the age of 35 increased. Agriculture has shaped our nation and contributes to the health of both Canadians and Canada's economy.

We are talking about a powerful engine of jobs, growth and trade in this country. Today, it is a $100-billion industry, employing more Canadians than any other industry in Canada.

Thanks to our innovative farmers and their commitment to delivering the highest standards of safety and quality, Canadian foods and beverages can be found on store shelves around the globe. Customers in the world’s fastest-growing market, China, can now order Canadian food products with the click of a mouse.

As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it is exciting to reflect on how far our agricultural industry has come. Farmers can now link their tractors to satellites in the sky, and we now have robots to milk cows. This would have seemed like science fiction in 1867.

The future is bright for this dynamic industry, with a growing global middle class looking for products our world-class farmers and food processors can deliver. To continue to succeed, however, the sector depends on continuing to attract young farmers. There are financial hurdles to overcome for many young people to take over the family farm or start their own farm business from scratch. (1315)

That is why the government, through Farm Credit Canada, has increased its support for young farmers by doubling the amount of credit available to $1 million from $500,000. As well, FCC has lowered the possible minimum down payment to 20% of the value of the loan which supports the purchase or improvement of farmland and buildings. These are key measures which will help beginning farmers overcome the considerable capital outlay required to start out in the business.

Young farmers also play a key role in the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial agreement to invest $3 billion to advance our great industry over the next five years. The partnership will focus on priorities that are critical to unleashing the sector’s growth potential, including research, innovation, domestic competitiveness and trade.

The partnership will be a solid foundation for the future of our great agricultural sector. To grow our agrifood trade even further, the budget targets $75 billion a year in agricultural exports by 2025.

As the House can see, the government fully understands that it is in Canada’s best interest to encourage young people to choose a future in agriculture. The tax changes we are proposing will not raise tax rates on farm businesses. They will not affect farmers’ ability to incorporate, make investments or pay family members who work in the farm business.

Our priority is to ensure tax fairness, while avoiding unintended consequences for our hard-working farmers. This is the purpose of the consultation. I realize that there may need to amend the bill once it is introduced, but that is what consultations are for. We provide information, knowing that comments and suggestions will follow. It is not a done deal, as some people claim.

The Minister of Finance indicated that the our government’s goal was not to make it more difficult to transfer family farms. On the contrary, we want to make it easier.[English]

I had the opportunity to speak to many accountants and tax lawyers since the beginning of the consultations. I want to thank each and every one of them who reached out to me. They agree with the government that while legal, converting dividends into capital gains is an aggressive tax strategy. Most of them do not advise their clients to do so. They also agreed that a child who was two days old should not be able to use the lifetime capital gain exemption. Again, the vast majority of entrepreneurs do not do this.

I believe the last point is important for a young generation. Under the current rules, children could use the lifetime capital exemption, which is up to $850,000, without their consent. Let us say they start a business and grow it into a success. By the time they want to retire and sell the business, if the amount of the lifetime capital exemption was all used when they were two days old, they will have to pay the full taxes on capital gains when they retire. That is wrong, and ut is not fair for a young generation. (1320) [Translation]

Some accountants and tax specialists have also raised concerns, and I recognize that the proposal contains certain unwelcome measures. I also know that the Minister of Finance has been listening to and will continue to listen to people’s concerns.[English]

What farmers and entrepreneurs need is certainty in the marketplace. Extending the consultation period would cause mo...”

Mr. Garnett Genuis (Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan, CPC)

October 3rd
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“...se, that I am sure will be hotly debated within his riding. We are hearing from business owners and entrepreneurs that the reality of the system in place gives people the appropriate incentive to be c...”

Mr. Francis Drouin

October 3rd
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“... the consultation period to January 31 would only prolong uncertainty in the market. The last thing entrepreneurs need is uncertainty in the market. There are people right now—”

Ms. Yasmin Ratansi (Don Valley East, Lib.)

October 3rd
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“...where people can have confidence that they can succeed. We are committed to supporting hard-working entrepreneurs as they invest in their businesses, create good, well-paying jobs, buy new equipment, ...”

Mrs. Karen Vecchio (Elgin—Middlesex—London, CPC)

October 3rd
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“.... From what I have been hearing, it is really starting to worry me. I've worked my whole life as an entrepreneur and if I can't use capital gains exemptions or realize a profit from the sale of my business then my retirement is looking very dim. I do not have CPP or a pension to fall back on. Small business owners need support in order to realize a decent retirement. I hope that the government is able to stop what they are doing and have some conversations with the business community so they don't unfairly target private small business.

As I continue with this, the letters and emails have been pouring in from Canadian families, but I specifically looked at only the people from Elgin—Middlesex—London, which includes the city of London, the city of St. Thomas, and eight other municipalities, mostly farming communities.

I have Jason and Shelby from Thorndale, who wrote to me:

According to the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness, these proposals will restrict small-business owners, like family farm owners, from sharing income with family members. Changes to capital gains rules will make it more difficult for owners to transfer their farms within the family to the next generation.

This in particular is a concern for multi-generational farm businesses that have incorporated for the purposes of farm succession....

That is something we on this side have heard many times from our advocates. We are here to listen to the farmers. We want to know what is going on.

I can continue, and that is exactly what I am going to do. Members are going to have to listen to me for five more minutes. Farmers in my area are very vocal. If members ever want to hear vocal, come to Elgin—Middlesex—London. They will let the members know what is really happening.

Peter and Sarah from West Elgin shared with me a very familiar story. I too was raised on a farm and I understand the challenges and risks. I was a farmer's daughter. We raised 18,000 turkeys and 2,000 pigs. My dad worked seven days a week, 365 days a year, and that is what he did until he sold his farm in 1996. (1345)

However, this is what they have written. He gave me an entire page before it, but it states:

Fast forward 30 years and we have survived almost complete bankruptcy, droughts, crop loss, pig deaths and many other trials and tribulations to create successful cash crop and livestock operations. However, all of this was at a cost. We received no funding to pay for our university educations, no help to open our new businesses. We risked it all. On paper we might look like a successful business but there is no retirement for our parents other than the family farm. As an employer I have no access to EI, I have to pay for my own benefit plan and I have no access to OSAP for my children to attend University. I have no help other than my own blood, sweat and tears poured in 365 days a year and multiple hours a day because that what it takes to raise livestock. I risked marrying a city girl only to have her discover that pigs get shipped out on Christmas Day, that chores need to be done on the weekends and going away for more than 4 or 5 days at a time is hardly possible.

To continue with this, now I have Linda's letter. Linda is a great lady from the city of London. She wrote:

I thought it might be helpful to provide a more personal response to the proposed tax amendments. The amendments are premised on the idea that small business owners are wealthy. To the contrary, many business owners are middle class – the same group of people that this government seems to want to prioritize.

I think that speaks for itself. It is the middle class saying, “Hey, you're not helping us, government.”

I would like to move on to Dan. Dan is a very well-respected financial planner within our own community. He also does insurance. He has studied this. He has not been told about it by me or any other member of the Conservative Party. We are talking about an academic studying this information and breaking it down, so before members say that this is a Conservative spin, this is what Dan, a well-respected person in my community, has written. These are the first top six issues he has:

Federal proposals represent significant tax reform for family businesses in Canada.

Family business owners are the middle class. Family-owned enterprise is the engine of our economy.

I hope everyone realizes that.

It is misleading to equate business owners with salaried employees. I am not sure how many members have been small business owners in this room. However, I have been. I have worked many times for zero dollars. I can tell members that at the end of the day I made sure the employees went home with a paycheque, while I sat there trying to figure out what to do. That is just the life of a small business owner.

Imposing new rule introduces more complexity and uncertainty.

We have heard that time and time again.

Integrating generational businesses makes succession even more difficult.

Those are some of Dan's tactics and issues.

I want to finish with Jonathan. When I looked at Jonathan's letter, I thought, “This guy gets it. This guy really gets it and does care.” He wrote:

I am deeply concerned with the tax proposals released by the Department of Finance on July 18th. These proposed changes, as currently worded, will be extremely damaging for my farm and the farm businesses across Ontario and Canada. These proposed changes, will add uncertainty and complexity to farmers and small business owners across the country. I am particularly concerned with the impact these changes would have on succession planning. It is unacceptable that the government of Canada would make it easier and more beneficial from a tax perspective for a farmer to sell their farm business to a stranger, rather than their own child or grandchild. This type of policy threatens the tradition of the Canadian family farm.

The conduct of this consultation is completely unacceptable. Providing a 75-day consultation period on such complex, and ill-conceived legislation makes a mockery of the democratic process and good governance.

As currently worded, these proposed changes cannot be allowed to move forward. If tax reform is a priority, it must be done in a meaningful consultation with Canadian farm businesses and other small businesses.

I ask that you do not support this process or these proposed tax changes.

As a young farmer, and someone that is now completely self-employed, these changes will de-incentivise entrepreneurial ventures and business owner ship in general.

He carries on about how in Ontari...”

Mr. Sean Fraser (Central Nova, Lib.)

October 3rd
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“... award winner, who runs a women's resource centre in Antigonish; and women like Emma Kiley, a young entrepreneur who owns the Uprooted Market & Café in the rural community of Musquodoboit Harbour.

...”

Hon. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

October 3rd
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“...ax hikes are going to hurt local businesses. We are talking about family businesses, farmers, local entrepreneurs, and the people they employ.

Will the Prime Minister admit that these tax hikes ...”

Hon. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

October 3rd
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“...Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister just does not get it. Everyone is against his unfair tax increases. Entrepreneurs, business owners and, today, premiers, and even members of his own caucus are opposed ...”

Hon. Bill Morneau (Minister of Finance, Lib.)

October 3rd
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“...farms continue and are successful; we are going to make sure that is done. We have heard that women entrepreneurs and professionals need to be protected if they want to take time off; we are going to ...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

October 3rd
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“...tax burden on our businesses, is a complete disgrace, and above all, hypocritical. On the one hand, entrepreneurs will pay dearly, while on the other, the businesses owned by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance will not be affected. The Liberal government's policy is “do as I say, not as I do”.

My question to the Minister of Finance is simple. We know that these new measures are meant to take an extra $250 million from the pockets of entrepreneurs. Did the minister check, analyze, and study the real impact of these measures on—”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

October 3rd
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“...y, we five members from Quebec City listened to businesspeople like Gaétan Boudreau, a construction entrepreneur who told us that if these changes go forward, he will close up shop.

Is the minis...”

Hon. Bill Morneau (Minister of Finance, Lib.)

October 3rd
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“...are going to make sure they keep it. We know it is vital to ensure that farmers, fishers, and women entrepreneurs are protected. That is very important to us.

However, we can build a fairer syst...”

Hon. Bill Morneau (Minister of Finance, Lib.)

October 3rd
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Oral Questions

“...rward with a system that encourages businesses to invest. The low tax rate protects farms and women entrepreneurs in their ability to continue to invest in their businesses, while—”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

October 2nd
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Oral Questions

“...s family business instead of abstaining from decision-making.

Why is the Minister going after entrepreneurs like Steeve Marin while protecting his own business?”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

October 2nd
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Oral Questions

“...or 10 months, they drew no salary so they could pay their employees. That is how it is for Canadian entrepreneurs. That is not how it is for people on Bay Street or for Morneau Shepell. That is how it is for Canadian entrepreneurs.

Given how it might affect his own family business, why did the minister not rec...”

Ms. Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry—Suroît, NDP)

September 29th
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Statements by Members

“...and a performance by Yann Perreau for the Artefact festival, in order to showcase local artists and entrepreneurs.

Bougaricci has dressed more than 40 Quebec artists, including Véronique Cloutie...”

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, CPC)

September 29th
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Oral Questions

“...mean fewer doctors in our rural communities. It will mean a harder time for young women to get into entrepreneurship.

He is going to have to back down from this tax increase. Why does the minist...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

September 29th
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Oral Questions

“...tment. That is essentially 29,000 businesses. We are not targeting small businesses or middle class entrepreneurs. Our objective is to have greater tax fairness to ensure that everyone pays their fair...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

September 29th
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Oral Questions

“...or small and medium-sized businesses in Canada remains the lowest in the G7. We are encouraging our entrepreneurs to invest in growth and innovation. Clearly, this is working. Since we took office, 40...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

September 29th
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Oral Questions

“...r SMEs. We know how important SMEs are to the Canadian economy, and we will always stand behind our entrepreneurs.

The only problem is that we have noticed some inequities in our tax system that...”

Mr. Dave MacKenzie (Oxford, CPC)

September 29th
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Oral Questions

“...e new Liberal tax hikes on local businesses are set to make life very hard for farm families, young entrepreneurs, and local business operators.

Why did the Minister of Finance design a system i...”

Mrs. Cathay Wagantall

September 28th
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Government Orders

“...mall businesses, including agriculture, retail, tourism, manufacturing, small businesses, and young entrepreneurs just starting out as well. That is all to deal with the government's already out-of-co...”

Mr. Jamie Schmale (Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, CPC)

September 28th
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Government Orders

“...it is still a pig.

Summer is the traditional time for vacations or in the case of farmers and entrepreneurs a very busy time, especially in my riding where the summer tourist season is short in some cases. In Ontario we had weather that was not exceptional for some tourist operators, marinas, hotels, and that sort of thing, so that is a crucial period and they are very busy. In the midst of summer, the Minister of Finance tried to slip past massive tax hikes on small business owners, professionals, and farmers, many of whom were in the fields when this was announced. They were busy.

What is it about law-abiding Canadians who are minding their own business that the government has such an issue with? Whether it is responsible gun owners enjoying a recreational pastime or hard-working small business entrepreneurs creating the jobs that grow the economy of this country, the government seems to feel ...”

Mr. Bob Benzen (Calgary Heritage, CPC)

September 28th
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Statements by Members

“...cash grab the government is making at the expense of small-business owners. These measures penalize entrepreneurship and wrongly depict law-abiding small-business owners, who have built their business...”

Ms. Mary Ng (Markham—Thornhill, Lib.)

September 28th
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Statements by Members

“...n and technologies that are crucial to international trade and that support Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs. These commitments will help grow a future innovative economy that will create Canadia...”

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

September 28th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, is the Prime Minister aware that 90% of our jobs are created by our SMEs, our local entrepreneurs, our farmers, and our professionals? They are proud people who work hard every day, ar...”

Mr. Bob Saroya (Markham—Unionville, CPC)

September 27th
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Statements by Members

“...vernment's proposed tax changes, which will make it harder for them to be successful. These are the entrepreneurs who take risks and create jobs in our country. Professionals, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, men and women, are the backbone of our economy. I will remind t...”

Hon. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

September 27th
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Oral Questions

“...he Liberal member for Edmonton Centre agrees with that one.

Will the Prime Minister listen to entrepreneurs, experts, and even his own caucus members, apologize to business owners, and stop this...”

Hon. Candice Bergen (Portage—Lisgar, CPC)

September 27th
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Oral Questions

“...re concerned that they will be impacted, which is really raising a fear.” Well, she is right.

Entrepreneurs, small business owners, farmers, and their employees are worried sick about the impact...”

Hon. Denis Paradis (Brome—Missisquoi, Lib.)

September 26th
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Statements by Members

“...n enjoy.

Congratulations to Jeremy and Julie for their vision and dedication. It is thanks to entrepreneurs like them that our region has such a wealth of recreation and tourism opportunities to...”

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

September 26th
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Oral Questions

“...wn Liberal government is going after our small local businesses, our farmers, our electricians, our entrepreneurs, and our restaurateurs by taxing them more heavily, which will cause job losses across...”

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

September 26th
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Oral Questions

“... the Minister of Finance stop lecturing us every question period and stop this direct attack on our entrepreneurs, our job creators, the people who create jobs across Canada?”

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

September 25th
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Statements by Members

“...etition every year.

Mr. Morin makes exceptional cheeses known far and wide, but he is also an entrepreneur and a great visionary. When he acquired the village rectory to set up his cheese factor...”

Mr. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

September 25th
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Oral Questions

“...d to convince Canadians that their plan to hike taxes on local businesses will do anything but harm entrepreneurship and put good jobs at risk.

If the Liberals were listening to Canadians, they ...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

September 25th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, let us talk about how the system works.

Across Canada, thousands of entrepreneurs, job creators, and small business owners know how to run their businesses and create j...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

September 25th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, the last thing entrepreneurs need is another tax increase. The minister should know that.

Is it any wonder that the Prime Minister has so much contempt for entrepreneurs, when he thinks they are getting away with not paying their fair share of taxes, but meanwhile he thinks so highly of the Chinese dictatorship?

What is our Prime Minister doing today? He is in Toronto to meet with Chinese billionaires from the Alibaba group. That is interesting.

Why does the Prime Minister prefer talking to Chinese billionaires instead of listening to the concerns of Canadian entrepreneurs, who are the real job creators?”

Hon. Candice Bergen (Portage—Lisgar, CPC)

September 22nd
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Oral Questions

“...on out there.

Throughout this week, we have heard countless stories of small business owners, entrepreneurs, farmers, and their employers who will be devastated by these Liberal tax increases. W...”

Mr. Joël Lightbound (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance, Lib.)

September 22nd
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Oral Questions

“...able to reinvest in the growth of their companies, which we encourage because we know how important entrepreneurs and small businesses are. Our goal is to make the tax system fairer. That is why we pr...”

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

September 21st
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, the reality is that 86% of entrepreneurs are against the Liberals' tax reforms. Yesterday, I told you about Joseph. After heari...”

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Beauce, CPC)

September 21st
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Oral Questions

“...The solution is very simple: reduce expenditures and provide a fair system for all the country's entrepreneurs.”

Hon. Ed Fast (Abbotsford, CPC)

September 21st
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Oral Questions

“...squi—Fraser Canyon. They are angry as hornets over these terrible tax proposals. Blueberry farmers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners are up in arms. In 12 years as a parliamentarian, I have ne...”

Mr. Matt Jeneroux (Edmonton Riverbend, CPC)

September 21st
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Oral Questions

“... about the finance minister's statement calling them tax cheats and tax evaders. I stand with these entrepreneurs, risk-takers, and hard-working Canadians. The member for Edmonton Centre has apologized for the minister's attack on hard-working entrepreneurs for the tone and language he used in rolling out these proposals.

Will the finan...”

Hon. Wayne Easter (Malpeque, Lib.)

September 20th
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Statements by Members

“...exchanging perspectives played a key part.

In Malpeque, we experienced the ingenuity of local entrepreneurs, the creativity of P.E.l.'s experiential tourism, and the quality of our national park. At Springwillow organic farm, we hand-picked potatoes, taking lessons from 90-year-old Joyce Loo. The member for Pickering—Uxbridge can now identify the qualities of a good dairy cow.

In Pickering-Uxbridge, we competed in a dragon boat race and saw the strength of local athletes. With entrepreneur Bernadette Recto, we embraced pilates and felt how important exercise was to mental hea...”

Mr. Glen Motz (Medicine Hat—Cardston—Warner, CPC)

September 20th
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Statements by Members

“...n my riding are unanimous in their outrage at the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance. These entrepreneurs and job creators are angry and deeply concerned over these tax proposals, and the negative impacts they will have on their livelihoods and that of their employees.

Hundreds of thousands of middle-class Canadians have been called tax cheats by a government claiming to represent them. The same government that killed family income splitting and cut rebates for children's activities has the arrogance to say it is protecting our economy.

There is nothing fair about tax proposals that create a toxic Canadian business environment. Incentives for starting and building a company are now being punished. These business owners warn that companies will windup business, entrepreneurship will drop, and companies will leave the country.

Business people know the cur...”

Mr. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

September 20th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, women entrepreneurs expect their government to stand with them, not attack them.

The Prime Minister ...”

Hon. Jim Carr (Minister of Natural Resources, Lib.)

September 20th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, not only do we on this side of the House defend the entrepreneurs and businesswomen, we also represent the integrity and respect women from coast to coa...”

Mr. Alain Rayes (Richmond—Arthabaska, CPC)

September 20th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, here is a real life example. Joseph, an entrepreneur and small business owner, wrote me a message yesterday on Facebook. He said, “I have st...”

Hon. Bill Morneau (Minister of Finance, Lib.)

September 20th
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Oral Questions

“...dians. We know that Canadians see that as fair. We are going to work toward ensuring, as well, that entrepreneurs like Ryan are assured that they can continue to actively invest in their businesses to...”

Mr. Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, NDP)

September 20th
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Private Members' Business

“...ommunity has been established and has integrated well. We know that these are very hard working and entrepreneurial people. They love their gardens, love food, and love making things grow. There are a...”

Mr. Phil McColeman (Brantford—Brant, CPC)

September 19th
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Statements by Members

“...ing categories: agriculture; arts, culture and heritage; caregiving; community building; educators; entrepreneurs; faith in action; first responders; good neighbours; Legions; ladies and youth auxilia...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

September 19th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, the Liberals' voracious appetite for Canadian entrepreneurs is nothing new, and it is based mostly on Liberal contempt and arrogance. Let us remember what the Prime Minister said two years ago when he was running for election. He said that “…a large percentage of small businesses are actually just ways for wealthier Canadians to save on their taxes.”

Perhaps the Prime Minister looked at himself in the mirror in the morning before he said that, but the reality is that for real Canadian entrepreneurs, for small business owners who support hundreds of thousands of Canadians, it is arrogance, it is contempt.

Why does the current government have so much contempt for our Canadian entrepreneurs, who are creating real jobs?”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

September 19th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, in real life, for real entrepreneurs, real local business owners, there are good years and bad years. That is why real entrepreneurs who know how to run a business put money aside in case things go wrong, as they sometimes do. They also put money into their pension fund. Now, however, we have a government that does not understand that entrepreneurs are cautious, realistic, and responsible, unlike the current government.

Why doe...”

Ms. Rachael Harder (Lethbridge, CPC)

September 19th
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Oral Questions

“...The Prime Minister calls himself a feminist, so why does he insist on attacking hard-working female entrepreneurs?”

Hon. Patty Hajdu (Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Lib.)

September 19th
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Oral Questions

“...provisions. Just because rules are legal does not mean they are fair. It is not fair when a budding entrepreneur, who is a single mother with two young children, has to pay a higher tax rate.”

Mr. Bob Saroya (Markham—Unionville, CPC)

September 19th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, Canadian entrepreneurs work hard and want to ensure that their children have a better life than theirs. These...”

Mr. Dan Albas (Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola, CPC)

September 19th
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Oral Questions

“...for the Minister of Small Business and Tourism, whose job it is to help create an environment where entrepreneurs can invest, hire, and grow. Is she proud of her government's ham-fisted approach and t...”

Mr. Dan Albas (Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola, CPC)

September 19th
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Oral Questions

“Mr. Speaker, entrepreneurs need to hear that they are valued and desperately needed in this country. Small busine...”

Mrs. Sylvie Boucher (Beauport—Côte-de-Beaupré—Île d'Orléans—Charlevoix, CPC)

September 19th
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Oral Questions

“...is kicking it off with new taxes.

I strongly believe that the planned changes will discourage entrepreneurship and hurt those we want to help. That is what a Liberal MP said, because he feared, ...”

Mr. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

September 18th
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Oral Questions

“...is summer I spent my time crossing the country talking to hard-working Canadians, job creators, and entrepreneurs, and I can tell the Prime Minister one very simple thing: they are not tax cheats. The...”

Mr. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

September 18th
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Oral Questions

“...looking for their first jobs, new Canadians looking to share in the prosperity in Canada, and women entrepreneurs who are hit disproportionately harder with these new tax measures.

Why is the Pr...”

Mr. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

September 18th
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Oral Questions

“... Speaker, he does not get it. These are not wealthy Canadians; these are hard-working, middle-class entrepreneurs planning and creating jobs.

The Prime Minister likes to talk about income sprink...”

Mr. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

September 18th
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Oral Questions

“... about these tax increases:

I believe in my heart that these proposed changes will discourage entrepreneurship and hurt the very people we want to help.

Does that sound familiar?

If ...”

Mr. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

September 18th
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Oral Questions

“...ker, the Prime Minister still does not get it, and his arrogance is astounding. He is attacking the entrepreneur who has to self-fund her maternity leave because she does not have a government-funded plan. She puts a little money away at the end of every month so she can afford to take time off when the baby comes. Right now, she pays 50% tax on any passive income she earns on those savings. The Prime Minister's plan will now tax her twice: once when it goes into the business and once when it flows to her.

Why is the Prime Minister forcing female entrepreneurs to choose between their business and their families?”

Mr. Andrew Scheer (Leader of the Opposition, CPC)

September 18th
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Oral Questions

“...r ask for a bailout when times get tough.

When will the Prime Minister listen to tax experts, entrepreneurs, and even his own caucus, and stop this attack on the middle class?”

Hon. Pierre Poilievre (Carleton, CPC)

September 18th
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Oral Questions

“...es, like Bombardier, will not.

Why is the government hitting our small business, middle-class entrepreneurs with a much higher tax rate than their billionaire friends in the biggest corporations...”

Hon. Maxime Bernier (Beauce, CPC)

September 18th
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Oral Questions

“...ided to unfairly hurt small businesses that create wealth in this country. They are punishing these entrepreneurs for creating wealth and jobs.

Meanwhile, large corporations like Bombardier are ...”

Mr. Gérard Deltell (Louis-Saint-Laurent, CPC)

September 18th
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Oral Questions

“...cted, but also it has no idea how to balance a budget, something that is frankly unthinkable to any entrepreneur.

To pay for its colossal spending spree, this government has decided to raise taxes on our job creators, our wealth creators, our entrepreneurs, the people creating Canada's true wealth.

Why has this government decided to at...”

Ms. Rachael Harder (Lethbridge, CPC)

September 18th
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Oral Questions

“... alone.

Why will the Prime Minister not do the right thing and stop his attack on young women entrepreneurs?”

Mr. Dan Albas (Central Okanagan—Similkameen—Nicola, CPC)

September 18th
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Oral Questions

“... been plunged into total uncertainty as they grapple with the Liberals' unfair tax plan. These same entrepreneurs are usually the first to invest and the first to hire in our communities across this g...”

Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP)

June 16th
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Government Orders

“...also in the social and cultural makeup of civilization. Trade creates relationships, opportunities, entrepreneurship, and some of the hard industries.

When we were fighting for a new border cros...”


The Senate

Hon. Howard Wetston

December 13th
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Budget Implementation Bill, 2017, No. 2 Third Reading

“...bined with a comparative weakness in bringing innovative concepts to market. The Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance, otherwise known as the DEEP Centre, stated in 2016 that Canada has lost market share in the clean-tech sector since 2008 and faces increasingly intense competition from the U.S., China, Germany and others. Canada is widely considered to be strong in science and R&D, aspects of the innovation cycle, but weak in commercializing this work. The DEEP Centre attributes this weakness in part to insufficient access to risk capital and inadequate opportunities for developers of innovative new technologies to market their products and services. In my opinion, it is these challenges that the measures announced in Budget 2017 involving BDC are attempting to address. (1540) Additionally, honourable senators, Budget 2017 has committed to making $400 million available for a new Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative that will increase late-stage venture capital availability to Canadian entrepreneurs. [Translation] This new capital will enable the BDC to quickly implement the new Ventu...”

Hon. Fabian Manning

December 12th
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Newfoundland Chocolate Company

“...ess Excellence Award. Christina was also the recipient of the Community Impact award at the 2016 NL Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Program in celebrating women in business. They also won the 2013 Atl...”

Hon. Sarabjit S. Marwah

December 5th
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Budget Implementation Bill, 2017, No. 2 Second Reading

“... new venture capital initiative that will increase late-stage venture capital available to Canadian entrepreneurs. Finally, I will touch briefly on some of the other elements of the act that streamlin...”

Hon. Jane Cordy

November 29th
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Latin American Heritage Month Bill Third Reading

“...Statistics Canada’s 2016 census, there 789,000 Latin American Canadians. They are now our teachers, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, friends and neighbours, and, honourable senators, they contribute...”

Hon. Pamela Wallin

November 28th
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Senate Commemorative Medal

“...cess to children. She works tirelessly with high risk and people with disabilities. Murad Al-Katib, entrepreneur, quite literally helps feed the world. He learned from his immigrant parents the importance of giving back — he does — and earned the Oslo Business for Peace Award for incredible efforts to feed thousands of Syrian refugees. Major General Wayne Eyre serves his country with passion and continues to mentor recruits, lead his fellow soldiers in service at home and abroad, and serves veterans in need. He inspires with his message: You can achieve more when you learn that personal boundaries are artificial. W. Brett Wilson, North Battleford-born entrepreneur and “serial” philanthropist, has shaved his head for kids’ cancer, climbed a mountain for Alzheimer’s, and funds and mentors start-ups for veterans. He believes social responsibility is an opportunity not an obligation. Dr. Michael D. Jackson, former Chief of Protocol for Lieutenant Governors, has spent a lifetime building bridges from the monarchy to the people, ensuring we keep a personal connection to our past. Jimmy Pattison is an entrepreneur and philanthropist whose business acumen is legendary. He is the economic lifeline for ...”

Hon. Ratna Omidvar

November 28th
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Ministry of Small Business and Tourism Policy Communication for Newcomers

“...the chamber. Minister, my question is about a group of people that I know you feel strongly about — entrepreneurs. May they do well for themselves and for our country. You will also know that immigrants are drawn to entrepreneurship for a number of reasons. (1600) One is that they are entrepreneurial, possibly by nature, taking the risk to come to a new country. Second, they could be pushed toward entrepreneurship because they’re not able to find work, and they often then take their own family’s capital and sometimes the community’s capital into a business venture that has not been soundly proofed. The Ryerson University Diversity Institute has just tabled a new report that tells us, again, things that we already know, but let me tell you what they are. Immigrant entrepreneurs have a particularly hard time understanding legislation, regulations, the tax system and accessing financing, and they conclude this is not new. It was true 30 years ago and it is still true today that immigrant entrepreneurs do not start off on the same footing as other entrepreneurs in Canada. What is your government doing to ensure that newcomer entrepreneurs are able to navigate federal and provincial laws and access appropriate financing?”

Hon. Bardish Chagger, P.C., M.P., Minister of Small Business and Tourism

November 28th
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Ministry of Small Business and Tourism Policy Communication for Newcomers

“...ate. We need to ensure that that system is easier to work with, especially as we understand that an entrepreneur holds many hats within their business. One of the things I would like to highlight is the Accelerated Growth Service. It is a program we brought forward, and I’m very proud of because it actually respects the work of an entrepreneur or a small business owner. It helps you actually get through the pipeline of services that government offers. We know that there are many programs and services. BizPaL is the website to go through when it comes to regulations and licences that a business needs. It caters, based on the province, territory or community you’re from, to ensure you’re receiving the right information. That website is definitely not perfect and we continue to improve upon it. Canada Business Network is another website where you’re able to see the grants and programs available to you. Once again, the entrepreneur who is not aware of that website is not able to find that information, so how do we do a better job of ensuring that the right people are accessing that information and have it available to them? I go back to the Accelerated Growth Service. It works with the whole-of-government approach of bringing together the Business Development Bank of Canada, Export Development Canada, the NRC and Global Affairs Canada to ensure that the entrepreneur is provided with an individual who is able to help them get through the pipeline of programs and services so that they know which ones are available to them to ensure they would have some success. The challenge in that program, once again, is that I too recognize that not everyone knows about it. We have been advancing this program. It is a pilot that is working. The numbers are not quite satisfactory to me. They are greater than were anticipated but, once again, I would say that better is always possible. I need every single Canadian to know of these opportunities. You’re right: The economy of today and tomorrow is changing. Many people are entering business. One of the things I’m trying to take on is ensuring that when it comes to our young people, they are considering entrepreneurship at an earlier age. So let’s talk to our young people about financial management, entrepreneurship and the importance of business — not when they have to use business because they ca...”

Hon. Marilou McPhedran

November 28th
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Ministry of Small Business and Tourism Support for Indigenous and Racialized Women Entrepreneurs

“...for being here today. [English] My question is also about expanding opportunity. As you know, women entrepreneurs make up a strong portion of small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada and provide a strong boost to our economy. I want to thank you, Minister Chagger, for your announcement to provide the Business Development Bank of Canada with a $20 million increase to a fund supporting women-led businesses in our technology sector. We both know the digital divide is real and it is wide. Indigenous and other racialized women often face barriers to accessing financial opportunities, and this can include opportunities from government programs. Nicole Robertson, the president and chief communications specialist at Muskwa Productions & Consulting, told Maclean’s magazine in June of this year that the indigenous business corporation has acknowledged it has a greater demand for loans from indigenous entrepreneurs than capital to lend. A report commissioned by the National Aboriginal Capital Corpora...”

Hon. Lucie Moncion

November 23rd
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Senate Commemorative Medal

“...und regions. Caroline Arcand is an eminent public speaker, coach and leader. This remarkable social entrepreneur manages and ensures the success of a large number of social enterprises that employ people who would otherwise have a hard time finding employment. Francine Garon is an engaged citizen and a wonderfully talented artist. For over 30 years now, this incredible woman has been devoting her energy to enhancing the artistic and community spirit of the city of Kapuskasing. Yaovi Hoyi, or Yao, is a young singer-songwriter and a multidisciplinary artist-entrepreneur. He devotes much of his energy to writing and performing, and acts as a mentor to aspir...”

Hon. Linda Frum

November 22nd
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The Late Murray Bernard Koffler, O.C., O.Ont.

“...y heart that I rise today to pay tribute to the life of Murray Koffler, one of Toronto’s best-known entrepreneurs and philanthropists, who died on November 5, 2017, at the age of 93. Murray was the ch...”

Hon. Kim Pate

October 17th
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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

“...” has reportedly improved mental health and created greater incentives to work, improved innovative entrepreneurship and reduced crime. Let us follow cities such as Barcelona and Utrecht, which are be...”

Hon. Jim Carr, P.C., M.P., Minister of Natural Resources

October 17th
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Ministry of Natural Resources Greenhouse Gas Emissions

“... and gas industry is going to have an important role to play. I congratulate the innovators and the entrepreneurs in Alberta. Without them, there wouldn’t have been the development of the oil sands in the first place. It is innovation and entrepreneurship and investments in R&D that are going to lead the way to developing those resources more sustainably. Meanwhile, the world is moving to a lower carbon economy. Look at the market, senator. What has happened to the price of solar panels? What has happened to the use of renewable energy in Canada and around the world? How about the development of electric vehicles? This is not going to happen overnight. This is going to take decades. Your guess about how many decades is as good as mine. But I’m sure you and I could agree that we want Canada to be on the leading edge of that transformation and that the government has a role to play, but, more important than the role of government is the role of the private sector, the role of industry. We realize that we live in an internationally competitive environment, in the energy world and in all other development sectors, in the forestry business, in the mining business, in nuclear energy. It’s our job to work with the private sector to incent them properly so that Canada, through its entrepreneurship and innovation, can play a leading role.”

Hon. Pamela Wallin

October 5th
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Saskatchewan Sustainable Agriculture

“...om Turkey in 1965, taught him the value of community and giving back and that inspired him to be an entrepreneur close to home and heart. Last spring, Mr. Al-Katib received the Oslo Business for Peace...”

Hon. Salma Ataullahjan

October 4th
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Shakir Rehmatullah

“...king in the family business, equipped with his architecture degree, his father’s work ethic and his entrepreneurial spirit, Shakir founded Flato Developments. Over the years, his company has grown to ...”

Hon. Gwen Boniface

October 4th
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Georgian College Fiftieth Anniversary

“...of-the-art learning facilities such as the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness, the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, the Centre for Applied Research and Innovation and the University Partnership Centre. Physical growth and development are not all that Georgian has experienced in 50 years. It has seen changes in student demographics, technology, and the way in which people work, study and teach. Demonstrating leadership and progressive programming, its programs emphasize hands-on learning and enhanced curricula, which reflects the region’s and our country’s indigenous culture and traditions. The college has been a trailblazer in areas such as cooperative education, entrepreneurship and social innovation. Georgian currently ranks No. 1 provincially in graduate empl...”

Mr. Morneau

October 3rd
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Ministry of Finance Small Business Tax

“...it more difficult for that to happen. That’s an important consideration. Third, we heard from women entrepreneurs and women professionals that they’re concerned that they have the ability to take time...”

Hon. Douglas Black

October 3rd
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Ministry of Finance Small Business Tax

“...ook at. In that regard, minister, I’m asking my question today on behalf of Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs in the tens of thousands, young and old. It’s puzzling to me, actually, because your government has shown quite an impressive emphasis on the importance of innovation. You appear to have gotten it in terms of encouraging innovation, your supercluster work, and other things. Yet these proposals, I am advised, create some very significant unintended consequences for innovators. I’m just a senator, but I’m told that the proposals penalize young entrepreneurs disproportionately. I am told and I have seen that they’ve created a situation, specif...”

Hon. David M. Wells

October 3rd
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Ministry of Finance Small Business Tax

“...inesses have fewer than 100 employees. So my question, minister, is why is the government targeting entrepreneurs, small businesses and risk takers that are the heart of Canada’s economic engine?”

Hon. René Cormier

September 28th
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Canadian Heritage Cultural Policy

“...d Canada’s new cultural policy. This policy has three main pillars: investing in creators, cultural entrepreneurs and their stories; promoting discovery and distribution at home and globally; strength...”

Hon. Yonah Martin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition)

September 27th
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Finance Small Business Tax

“..., my home province, have publicly opposed the tax changes due to the effect they will have on women entrepreneurs. To quote the presidents of both the CMA and Doctors of BC: As female doctors, the cur...”

Hon. Stephen Greene

September 20th
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East Coast Fishery

“...lanc, Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. The southwest Nova Scotia fishery is an innovative entrepreneurial fishery based out of mid-sized ports and based on mid-sized family businesses, many ...”

Senator Smith

September 20th
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Finance Small Business Tax

“...ecessarily substantiate anything. Cutting taxes for small businesses, reducing red tape and helping entrepreneurs get the venture capital they need are some of the actions the previous government took...”

Hon. Leo Housakos

September 20th
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Finance Small Business Tax

“...proach to the economy, and of course a previous government that was very focused on encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit. My question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate concerns the prop...”

Senator Housakos

September 20th
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Finance Small Business Tax

“...ns over and over again which do nothing to support vitality and growth for small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit in this country.”

Senator Harder

September 20th
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Finance Small Business Tax

“...t to reiterate that it is the basis of the government’s economic policy to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and to grow the economy, particularly one like ours, as the senator will well know,...”


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