The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is asking mayoral candidates in Newfoundland and Labrador what they will do, if elected, to help small businesses in their communities.
The CFIB will be posting answers online to help citizens and small business owners make their decision on the Sept. 24 municipal election day.
A news release notes CFIB has launched a web page (http://www.cfib-fcei.ca/english/article/5381-newfoundland-and-labrador-2013-municipal-elections.html) with detailed information about the upcoming election, and will add the results from the survey of mayoral candidates.
“Small businesses are not only integral to the local economy, but they are also the backbone of their communities,” said Vaughn Hammond, CFIB’s senior policy analyst for Newfoundland and Labrador.
“They make a significant contribution to the activities that make our communities great places to live and work. We think a candidate who recognizes the important role of small business is a candidate worth voting for.”
CFIB said its priorities for the municipal elections include: controlling taxation and spending; reducing paper burden and regulation; and enhancing municipal service delivery for small business.
“One of government’s roles is to create a business climate that allows businesses to start and grow. Candidates who are fortunate enough to be given the privilege to serve, will have the ability to do what is necessary to ensure a business-friendly climate exists for our province’s entrepreneurs,” said Hammond.