The town hall will open with a panel discussion on what the proposed federal tax changes really mean for local businesses. The panel will be comprised of tax specialists, Jennifer Dunn of BDO Canada and Paul Deighan of Grant Thornton as well as local business owners, Kim Green and Roddy Willis of Kays Wholesale.
Local MP Sean Casey will participate in the event via Skype from Ottawa and will address attendees following the panel presentations. The town hall will conclude with an open question and answer session.
This event comes on the heels of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where Minister of Finance Bill Morneau addressed hundreds of chambers of commerce from across Canada. As part of the meeting, Canadian Chamber approved a resolution entitled “Stop the Harmful Tax Changes on Private Corporations”.
The issue has created outrage among the GCACC membership and the wider business community in PEI and across the country. “We were not reassured by Finance Minister Morneau’s response to the concerns presented by the business community,” said Rory Francis, President of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our upcoming town hall presents an opportunity to gather more information about how the changes will impact business owners, ask questions to tax specialists and have a public dialogue with our local MP.”
The Town Hall on Tax Changes discussion is just one of a number of advocacy initiatives that the Chamber has implemented as part of the #StandUpForSmallBusiness campaign in opposition to the proposed tax changes. An online submission form has been established for the public to share their concerns with our four Island MPs as well as Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Submissions can be made at charlottetownchamber.com/stand-small-business and are being accepted until the consultation deadline of October 2.
About the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce:
The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization made up of business and professional people sharing a common goal: the economic development of the capital region. With close to 1,000 members, the Chamber reflects a diverse network of small, medium and large businesses from almost every industry sector and business profession.