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Small Businesses Want This Holiday Gone

CBC | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

It's year two of Family Day in British Columbia, and Sacha Thompson, who owns the Flowerbox on Commercial Drive, says it will cost her an additi...

Canada's Biggest Corporate Lobbyists

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

Oil, gas and mining industry groups were far and away the most active lobbyists in Ottawa over the past year, according to an analysis from Macleans. ...

LOOK: Canada's 10 Most Entrepreneurial Cities

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada Alberta

Everything is bigger out West, including the entrepreneurial spirit, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. The 2013 Communi...

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

Dan Kelly | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

CFIB was quick to counter Visa's ill-advised campaign with an online campaign of our own, re-framing the whole notion of smallenfreuden in a way that exposes what it really is: another cash grab by the card companies and banks.

Could Doubling CPP Payments Solve Canada's Retirement Crisis?

Paul Moist | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Paul Moist

A full doubling of CPP benefits would mean Canadian seniors retiring with adequate income, less fiscal pressure on federal and provincial programs for low-income seniors, more spending money and a stronger, fairer economy. That is something we can all benefit from.

Your Free Retirement Will Cost Someone

Dan Kelly | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

There's no free lunch in this world, and indeed, there's no free retirement. If retirement benefits are going up, then someone has to pay for it. The question we need to ask about any kind of a CPP/QPP increase is, what are the real costs, who pays, who can expect to reap the benefits, and what exactly can they expect to get?

The Staggering Cost Of Illness In Public Sector

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - A new report suggests public sector employees in Canada take nearly five more sick, disability and personal days per year than Canadians wor...

The Politics of Supporting Small Business

Dan Kelly | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

The simple answer is that CFIB isn't right-wing or left-wing -- we're pro-small business. In fact, so are all of Canada's mainstream political parties, and (nearly) the entire country. And if you think the idea of Conservatives, Liberals and New Democrats agreeing with each other sounds wild and crazy, you might want to sit down when you read the next paragraph.

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

Dan Kelly | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Politics
Dan Kelly

Imagine it's March, 2013 and you discover to your considerable horror that you must pay the government $9,000 in addition to the taxes you normally fork over. Sounds pretty far-fetched, doesn't it? Well, you and I, and every other man, woman and child in Canada are each on the hook for an extra $9,000 to pay for the $300 billion (or more) in promises to public sector pension plans that governments don't have the money to pay.

Saving The Young From Their Future Impoverishment

Dan Kelly | Posted 10.20.2012 | Canada Business
Dan Kelly

A Bank of Montreal poll found that almost a third of young Canadians haven't saved a penny for retirement, and only 10 per cent have given much thought to exactly how much money they're going to need to retire. Clearly, we need to get these folks saving, and fast. I'd like to see today's young Canadians -- particularly those without a gold-plated public sector worker or MP pension -- wind up with something, rather than nothing for their retirement. PRPPs can help employees at private sector small businesses save money for the future.

Rachel Mendleson

Canada Risks Ending Up On 'Road To Greece' Business Group Warns

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada Business

Canada's combined federal and provincial net debt will pass $1.1 trillion at 11 p.m. ET on October 3, according to a recent calculation. But while som...