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Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Two-thirds of the CFIB's small business members oppose a carbon price of any kind.
"The Americans are not going to give us anything we want."
TORONTO — Canadian merchants may soon start charging customers extra to pay with certain credit cards thanks to a settlement
Some businesses are feeling sticker shock.
Businesses argue a higher minimum wage will lead to job losses.
But economists disagree.
Ordinarily Canadians who retire before age 65 and choose to draw CPP early receive reduced benefits for the rest of their lives. That makes sense as they will not have paid in as much in premiums. The bridge benefit allows many government workers to claim their full pension early, penalty-free. If this seems rather unfair, that's because it is.
When I see a small business plugging away all the while continuing their charitable and community-spirited endeavours (often in the face of near-insurmountable odds), it behooves all of us to reconsider what it means to be "productive."
As merchants cannot charge different prices for cash, credit or debit payments and obviously price-in the interchange fee, those consumers using cash (e.g. those on fixed incomes such as the retired) are, in effect, paying a hidden fee. So reducing interchange fees as far as possible make sense. Or does it?
A group in Saskatoon is calling on business owners to start paying employees a living wage.