The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, wrapped up a series of economic consultations across the country on tax relief and business development. Meeting with local business owners, associations and Chambers of Commerce, Members of Parliament sought to discuss matters of importance to local business communities and job creators.
“Our Government is committed to building strong local economies, which in turn build a strong Canada,” said Minister Ashfield in Fredericton, meeting with the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce. “We recognize that the success of Canada’s economic future hinges on the strength of job-creating businesses. Through keeping taxes low, a commitment to cutting red tape, and encouraging investment in Canada, we are responding to the concerns of businesses of all sizes across the country to continue to create jobs and lead the economic recovery.”
Dr Colin Carrie spoke at Durham College in Whitby. He recognized the importance of supporting students as they enter the workforce, especially those entering the trades. “Providing a bridge between training and education and the job sector is a vital role that our Government plays in ensuring economic stability,” said Dr. Carrie. He explained that employed tradespersons and apprentice mechanics can claim the Tradesperson’s Tools Deduction, which allows for the deduction of tool costs, up to $500.
“The discussion with the Minister’s officials and attending members of Parliament provided an excellent forum to provide our feedback to the Government of Canada on how to further build momentum in the Canadian economy and assist the Government in providing even better service to Canadian businesspeople,” said Mr. Kent Smith-Windsor, Executive Director of the greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce.