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small business

3 petitions

Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Hon. Bill Morneau, Hon. Bardish Chagger, Hon. Navdeep Bains, Hon. Maryam Monsef, Katie Telford

Stop Unfair Tax Changes | #ProtectGrowth

The Canadian government is proposing sweeping changes to small business taxes. Nobody supports tax evasion or loopholes. But these changes will severely hurt small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of our communities - they drive local economic growth and employ countless middle-class Canadians. This government has said it is committed to providing new opportunities for small businesses to grow and to helping the middle-class. But, if the government moves ahead with its tax changes, it will hinder the prosperity of small businesses. The ability of business owners to invest and grow their business will be limited, forcing many to close their businesses or cut jobs. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its network of provincial, territorial and municipal chambers of commerce is asking you to add your voice to those of concerned Canadians. We are calling on the Government of Canada to: Rethink its proposed tax changes to ensure no harm is done to small businesses across Canada. Launch meaningful consultations with the business community to address any shortcomings in tax policy without unfairly targeting independent businesses. Consider a comprehensive review of the Canadian tax system with a view toward fairness and simplification for all taxpayers. Sign our petition to urge the Government of Canada to put these changes on hold to avoid hurting small businesses across the country. We need to hit pause and make sure we have a plan that is fair but does not kill the ability of small business to grow and hire more people.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
1,681 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Jane Philpott, Bardish Chagger, Andrew Scheer, Tom Mulcair, Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Stop #UnfairTaxChanges: Access to Canada's Health Care Threatened

On July 18, 2017, the Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced its intentions to alter the current tax laws for small businesses. The impact of these proposed changes will be immense and disastrous. As hard-working members of society, small businesses provide the economic backbone of Canada. Small business owners receive none of the paid benefits that salaried employees do. The risks and costs of running a small business are high. Tax assistance is vital to ensure the survival of small businesses. Our Canadian doctors are independent of the government and run their clinics like small businesses without any support from the government. Without pensions or any benefits, such as sick leave, maternity leave, health benefits or paid vacation, physicians must independently cover all of the costs of running their offices. Costs include staffing, rent, utilities, all medical equipment/diagnostics, and all medical supplies on top of mandatory licensing and registration fees. This overhead can be between 30-60%. There are 88,000 physicians in Canada and the majority are self-employed.  Each office employs on average 4-6 staff. This allows our physicians to run accessible and efficient offices to help patients obtain medically necessary care. Elimination of tax arrangements which were legally negotiated to help physicians control the expense of running offices will impact patients directly. If these proposed taxation changes are passed, Canada’s doctors will be forced to downsize offices and lay off employees. Many provinces have had millions to billions in unilateral cuts to frontline patient care over the past few years. In Ontario alone, our doctors are now into their fourth year without a contract and there has been over $3.7 Billion unilaterally cut since 2015 by the provincial government from the patient services that our doctors provide. There are millions of patients in Canada without a family doctor and unprecedented wait times for specialists. Medical clinics are already struggling to stay afloat. With these federal tax changes, our physicians will be forced to further reduce clinic hours and cut patient services, ultimately leading to longer and longer wait times. Some physicians will close their offices and retire early or leave Canada. Patient accessibility of medical care in Canada already ranks third last amongst all of the wealthy countries (Commonwealth Fund). These tax changes will be further detrimental to Canada's already ailing health care system. Patients and their physicians deserve and need access to timely and quality medical care in Canada. We all deserve fair taxes to help promote small businesses and ensure their survival.   We the Undersigned, concerned patients and doctors of Canada, urge Prime Minister Trudeau to preserve fair small business tax laws and not further erode access to our precious health care system.  Patients can never come first when frontlines doctors are put last. #ProtectSmallBiz #StopMDExodus #CareNotCuts Please share this petition on Facebook and Twitter. For more information and to stay updated, please like and follow Concerned Ontario Doctors at We are Your Ontario Doctors on Facebook and @OnCall4ON on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you.  

Concerned Patients of Canada .
53,971 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Howard Page, Mark Saunders, Justin Trudeau, Bill Blair, RCMP senior executive committee

Stop Raiding our Dispensaries!

On March 9, 2017, Toronto Police Services, Hamilton Police Services and the Vancouver Police Department participated in ‘Project Gator’, which included 7 co-ordinated raids against Cannabis Culture stores across Canada. They ripped art off the walls, tore apart personal lockers, stole equipment and seized a total of 62kg of Cannabis and $250,000 cash. The Canada-wide raids follow  2016’s larger ‘Project Claudia’ seizures and arrests, resulting in 279kg Cannabis removed from the Toronto market, as well as countless smaller arrests and seizures across Canada.  The Toronto Police Service’s fixation on Cannabis dispensaries is wasteful and disturbing. Unlike real organized crime, which contributes to shootings and overdoses, dispensaries are open about their illegal activity and therefore much easier to investigate. By devoting thousands of hours and millions of dollars prosecuting dispensaries, resources are diverted from meaningful police operations toward violent crime and the distribution of deadly drugs like Fentanyl. Dispensaries meet an essential need which cannot be fulfilled by Licensed Producers. They provide a variety of Cannabis products not offered by LP’s, allow same-day access, and foster a small, inclusive business community which cannot exist under the MMPR system. In the wake of the Organigram scandal, it has come to light that inconsistent testing standards exist for Licensed Producers; the argument that one is safer than the other is flawed. Small businesses have the right to participate in the Cannabis market, and dispensaries ensure that everyone is included in the conversation about legalization. This petition will be sent to Toronto’s OIPRD (Office of the Independent Police Review Director) and the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP; formally complaining about Project Gator, calling for more transparency about Project Claudia and all previous raids, and demanding an end to wasteful spending by the RCMP, and TPS in particular by continuing to pursue Cannabis-related offences.       If you're able to, donations will help us spread the message to as many people as possible. Every new signature is a reason for the RCMP and OIPRD to take us seriously!

Chris Nelson
555 supporters