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

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

(29) 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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Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 5:28 PM

It's never fun to think about everything that could go wrong, but preparing for the worst is a sign of maturity. Fires and floods (and much worse) are a part of life, and we shrug them off at our peril.

A few days ago in the Philippines, I was...

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One Issue Makes MPs Ditch Partisanship

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 4:54 PM

If your only exposure to federal politics was the cut-and-thrust of Question Period, or the attack ads we see during election campaigns, you might come to the conclusion that Canadian democracy is entirely partisan and borderline dysfunctional. And while our political environment can leave much to be desired, it doesn't...

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The Biggest Impediment to Canadian Entrepreneurs

(5) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 4:37 PM

My job allows me to speak to hundreds of business owners each year and I regularly take these opportunities to ask them about their experiences in getting starting. I am always impressed to hear how they came up with the ideas for their businesses and how they managed the early...

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What You Should Know About Pooled Registered Pension Plans

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 9:27 AM

Bad public policy ideas are like Jason Voorhees in those old Friday the 13thmovies: no matter how many times you think you've killed them, they keep coming back to cause trouble.

As the federal and provincial finance ministers get ready to discuss a number of issues, the country faces...

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Looking for Work? Apply to a Small Business

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 11:55 AM

Back in June, I wrote a newspaper column that defended Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's comment that there are no "bad jobs" out there. Suffice it to say, my column received a decidedly mixed review from readers!

Finding yourself out of work can be a scary and demoralizing experience,...

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Supporting Small Biz Isn't Left or Right-Wing

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM

I can only laugh and shake my head when the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is occasionally accused of being a "right-wing" organization.

For starters, CFIB has always been strictly non-partisan, and we deal with governments of all political stripes in order to represent the interests of small...

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Do You Want to Pay $9,000 for Someone Else's Pension?

(31) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 11:17 AM

In my last column, I made the case for Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs). It's important that Canadians save money for retirement, but unsustainable public sector pension plans could put all of us in the poorhouse if politicians don't get serious about fixing them. Let me put the...

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Saving The Young From Their Future Impoverishment

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 7:42 AM

"You've got to be kidding me."

Those were the words I mumbled to myself as I read NDP MP Irene Mathyssen's recent Huffington Post article, "Why PRPPs Will Not Ensure Pension Security for Canadians."

For those of you who are unaware of the acronym, PRPP stands for...

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How Using Credit Cards Hurts Small Businesses and You

(10) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 11:08 AM

Imagine if your bank demanded three per cent of every paycheque your employer deposited into your account -- just for the privilege of using the bank's services. The chances are good that you and a lot of other Canadians would get pretty steamed about it. You might even withdraw all...

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