October 3rd, 2012

Red tape reduction: Conservatives deliver public relations ploy

Revising regulations should be part of government’s regular operations: François Lapointe

New Democrat Critic for Small Business, François Lapointe (Montmagny–L'Islet–Kamouraska–Rivière-du-Loup), slammed the Conservative government’s public relations ploy to reduce red tape for small businesses, Tuesday in the House of Commons.

“Revising regulations and adapting the systems to changing technologies should be part of the government’s regular operations in all sectors,” said Lapointe. “It’s nothing to write home about”.

The Conservative plan for small business is nothing more than a public relations ploy to try to restore their image after six years of inaction on this issue. “They announce today that they have a plan: it’s a lot of promises and so far few results.”

An excellent way to make life easier for our Small to Medium Enterprises (SME) is to encourage job creation and reduce their tax rates from 11% to 9%, as proposed by the NDP during the last election campaign.

“We want to make things easier for our SMEs, but the application of random principles like the abolition of a rule before creating another seems much more like improvisation. This is not an economic recovery plan”, added NDP Industry Critic Hélène Leblanc.