Elizabeth May Tables Bill in Support of Small Business

Elizabeth May Tables Bill in Support of Small Business
Posted on May 29, 2015 | Elizabeth May | Written on May 28, 2015
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Today, I tabled my latest Private Member’s Bill, the Creation of the Small Business Impact Assessment Act, as part of the Green Party’s plan to support Canadian small businesses.

Employing more than 60 percent of Canadians, small businesses are vital to the Canadian economy. Small and medium sized enterprises are the real job creators. Supporting small business builds a whole value chain strengthening Canada’s economy.

My bill would ensure that the federal government supports and promotes small businesses by establishing a mandatory review process to consider the impacts of legislation on small businesses. It would amend the Department of Industry Act to establish a mandatory review of the potential impact any proposed government bill or regulation would have on small businesses.

A Small Business Impact Assessment would consider how changes to regulations and legislation would impact:
• Small businesses’ ability to seek financial assistance
• Conditions for investments in and by small businesses
• Small businesses’ ability to participate in a competitive marketplace
• The long-term viability and sustainability of small businesses.

I invite you to sign on to show your support for my “Think Small First” legislation, which will create a Canadian economy where sustainable small businesses can not only compete, but thrive.

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Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, and the former leader of the Green Party of Canada. Elizabeth became active in the environmental movement in the 1970s. She is a graduate of Dalhousie... More