Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly is President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In this capacity, Dan is the lead spokesperson and advocate for the views of the Federation's 109,000 small and medium-sized member businesses across Canada. Follow Dan on Twitter @CFIB and learn more about CFIB at www.cfib.ca.

Entries by Dan Kelly

The Straight Truth: A Pension Plan Hike Is A Terrible Idea

(25) Comments | Posted June 16, 2016 | 9:22 AM

When the country's finance ministers meet in Vancouver on June 20 to discuss expanding the Canada Pension Plan and Quebec Pension Plan (CPP/QPP), there will be a lot on the line for Canadian workers and business owners. But it's not too late to put the brakes on a proposal that...

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Immigrants Are The Solution To Canada's Labour Shortage

(20) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 10:40 AM

With Canada's economy still stuck in what is best described as neutral, you would think Canadian workers would be clamoring to scoop up what are reported to be scarce jobs across the country.

We know there has been an exodus of workers beating a path towards the Fort McMurray airport...

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It's Time To Put Government Pension Bridge Benefits In The Past

(10) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 11:53 AM

She says you're on a bridge to nowhere and you're gettin' there fast
Put it in the past, put it in the past.

--Sam Roberts, "Bridge to Nowhere"

To go a little outside my comfort zone and borrow a catchy chorus from Canadian songwriter Sam Roberts, I'd...

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Small Businesses Thrive When They Go Beyond The Bottom Line

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2015 | 9:12 AM

I was just tucking into some background research on social entrepreneurship when an email landed in my inbox that cuts to the very essence of what it means to be a socially progressive small business.

One of our retail members in Toronto had put out a request for clothing donations...

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This Holiday Season, Support Your Local Small Businesses

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 12:53 PM

With Halloween behind us, local shops are packing up the pumpkins and banishing the ghosts and ghouls to the garage for another year. Window displays are trading in their cauldrons and cobwebs for a frostier look, complete with skates and snowmen. Wreaths and ribbons are popping up on shop doors...

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Advice for Job Seekers, Straight From Employers

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 5:24 PM

My parents gave me a lot in life, but when it came time for me to nail down my very first job, their involvement stopped after telling me of a dishwashing job at the local pizza place in Winnipeg. My, how things have changed for some of today's job applicants.

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Provincial Protectionism Hinders Trade Within Canada

(3) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 8:11 AM

As Canadians, we've accomplished great things in our 148-year history. We developed insulin and the electron microscope; we invented hockey and basketball and even that catchy song "Call Me Maybe" was written by a Canadian.

Canadians should be proud of how far we have come and how much we have...

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Small Businesses Need Your Support

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:31 PM

There's no beating around the Canadian bush this summer: our economy is unsettled. Business confidence remains low across the country and there's no clear sign of a rebound in the immediate future. Things might be looking tough, but it's time to take a deep breath.

When the broader...

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Do We Really Need the Senate?

(19) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 12:50 PM

Like many Ottawa watchers, I've been following the Duffy trial and its many tribulations. I have to admit, my emotions vary from shock with the abusive use of taxpayer dollars to boredom with days of debate over who paid for a $300 makeup bill.

More than anything,...

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Public Sector Workers Are Making Out Like Bandits

(92) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 1:25 PM

With Canada's largest city again debating the merits of contracting out garbage collection, the conversation can't help but raise a stink on a related issue: the ever-widening earnings gap between government workers and the rest of us.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) recently released a report...

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Canada's Free Trade Needs Some Work

(6) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 12:38 PM

As I write this, I'm preparing to leave on an exciting trip to join Prime Minister Harper and International Trade Minister, Ed Fast, as part of a trade delegation to Great Britain. With the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union set to take effect...

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CASL Isn't Targeting the True Spammers

(10) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 5:50 PM

I don't know about you, but the new "anti-spam" law that came into effect on July 1 has so far caused me a lot more headaches than the "spam" it's supposed to be preventing. As President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), I can tell you that our...

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The Tooth Fairy Doesn't Fund Ontario's Retirement Pension Plan

(9) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 1:39 PM

With the Ontario election only days away, one of the issues that has remained largely under the radar is the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). While the idea surfaced when federal-provincial talks to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) failed late last year, specifics were shared in the 2014...

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Setting the Record Straight on Temporary Foreign Workers

(28) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 6:16 PM

It seems the recent firestorm around the Temporary Foreign Worker program has brought out the very best, as well as the very worst, in Canadians.

I have appreciated the many conversations and debates that I've been a part of over the last several weeks on this issue, both public...

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Red Tape Awareness Week Celebrates Five Years

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 2:09 PM

Five years ago, dedicating a week to help profile red tape was considered a little "out there." Today, as we wrap up Canada's fifth annual Red Tape Awareness Week, I look back and I'm proud to say that we've really come a long way. But given that excessive regulation and...

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Who Exactly Wants CPP Hikes? Not Working Canadians

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 4:22 PM

It's official: Working Canadians don't want their governments to increase the premiums we all pay into the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Quebec Pension Plan (QPP). Most of us were already well aware that small business owners and other employers who are required to pay 50 per cent of the...

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C'mon Provinces, At Least Try to Make Training Better

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Federal and provincial labour market ministers are meeting today, and on the agenda is the Canada Job Grant (CJG), a program that looks at changing the way we spend a small portion of the $2.5 billion dedicated by the federal government to sponsor workplace training.

In short, the feds...

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What the Cabinet Shuffle Means for Small Business Owners

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 5:27 PM

As reasonably addicted social-media user, it was great to see the recent federal cabinet line-up released in real time on Twitter. I followed each name closely as I thought of the implications of each change for Canada's small business owners.

Following the shuffle, I read many tweets, columns and...

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Visa's Smallenfreuden: German for "a Really Bad Idea"?

(8) Comments | Posted June 30, 2013 | 9:30 PM

A few months ago, Visa Canada started running a major media campaign with a new, made-up word: smallenfreuden. They put it on billboards, purchased TV ads, tweeted about it, and eventually, they even got around to telling us what it meant.

According to Visa TV ads that started running during...

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Your Free Retirement Will Cost Someone

(8) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 5:24 PM

Most of us learn very early on in life that if something sounds too good to be true, well then, it probably is. This is exactly what came to mind when I started hearing talk late last year that the federal government was once again considering boosting CPP and QPP...

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