FIRST MINISTERS' MEETING TO FOCUS ON MORNEAU'S TAX STRATEGY

Oct 03, 2017

By Jane Brown

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Canada’s premiers and territorial leaders will today get a chance to hear Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau discuss his proposals to eliminate small business tax provisions the Liberals believe allow some wealthier Canadians to avoid paying their fair share.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he wants the Liberals to abandon the plan.

“The small business sector is incredibly important, both to our economy and I think that some of these proposals have come across and communicated as in a less forward thinking way than might be beneficial,” explained Pallister.

The suggested changes have led to an outcry from doctors, farmers and small business owners.

Finance Minister Billl Morneau outlines the Liberal’s new tax strategy during a briefing in Ottawa on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Bill Morneau has said repeatedly he was listening throughout the consultation period that wrapped up yesterday and is open to changes.

The premiers will also meet with Trudeau’s point person on marijuana legalization Toronto MP Bill Blair, to discuss the role they will play in regulating the legalization of pot for recreational use starting July 1st, 2018.

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