Fighting for Small and Medium Sized Businesses

Ottawa, Ontario (November 4, 2020): Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, was pleased to support the passage of a Conservative motion to support small and medium sized businesses in the House of Commons.

“Today, we were able to secure more help for small and medium sized businesses harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said McLeod. “As a result of our efforts, the Trudeau Liberals must pause their punishing Revenue Canada audits on small and medium sized businesses until June 2021 and provide additional flexibility in the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, and other programs to support entrepreneurs and workers.”

“This motion builds on our track record of standing up for small and medium sized businesses and making the government’s emergency programs better for Canadians. This includes increasing the wage subsidy from 10 to 75 per cent, advocating for changes to the Liberals’ failed rent subsidy program, and now, postponing the Liberal audits on small and medium sized businesses,” stated McLeod.

As I referenced in my speech yesterday, in speaking with our local Chambers of Commerce our community businesses are fighting to keep their doors open. “It would mean something to the small businesses if everyone in the House would say we are going to delay the Canada Revenue Agency auditing and do the best we can to change programs to make sure they meet their needs and do it in a flexible, fluid and responsive way. This is an incredibly important motion and I hope that all sides of the House can agree,” said McLeod.

“It’s disgraceful that the Trudeau Liberals choose not to support this motion and voted for punitive audits on small and medium sized businesses during the second wave of the pandemic,” stated McLeod. “Fortunately, not all members of the House consider small businesses as tax cheats, Conservatives know they are the backbone of our economy.”