Small Business

Gerry Rogers, the NDP Critic for Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, remains concerned with the government’s unrealistic and unworkable approach for cannabis sales.


The NDP Critic for Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says government’s cannabis plan is utter chaos and prohibitive to establishing Tier 1 retailers.


NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is alarmed by the announcement today of a $40 million deal with Canopy Growth Corporation to operate a production facility in the province to supply up to 8,000 kg of cannabis a year and sell its products.

NDP Service NL Critic George Murphy

NDP Service NL critic George Murphy (MHA, St. John’s East) is not surprised to learn the Canadian Federation of Small Business (CFIB) Red Tape Report Card has dropped the provincial government’s grade to a C+ from last year’s B due to, the CFIB says, government’s lack of transparency and accountability on regulatory reform for small businesses.


Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits-White Bay North), NDP Critic for Innovation, Business, and Rural Development, has issued the following statement on Small Business Week, which is being observed Oct. 20-26. Mitchelmore’s statement reflects his caucus’s ongoing commitment to the small business sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.

NDP IBRD Critic Christopher Mitchelmore

NDP Innovation, Business and Rural Development critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits-White Bay North) says new fees and increases to old fees will have small business owners dipping into profits to pay the provincial government up to 700 per cent more this year.


As Small Business Week got underway, NDP Innovation, Business, and Rural Development critic Christopher Mitchelmore (MHA, The Straits-White Bay North) was at a Roddickton-Bide Arm breakfast listening to small business owners from the area discuss their accomplishments.


A member of the provincial NDP caucus asked government again today to lower the business tax on small businesses in the province from 4 per cent to 3 per cent.


Today was Private Members’ Day in the House of Assembly. NDP MHA George Murphy (St. John’s East) presented his party’s first motion, and expressed his disappointment at the government’s attitude to small businesses in the province.


Private Member’s Motion

Member for St. John’s East to move:

WHEREAS small business are the backbone of this Province’s economy;

WHEREAS about 2,000 small businesses operate in the Province today, employing over 40 percent of all paid workers;


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