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Richmond Centre Electoral District
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Hon. Alice Wong (Richmond Centre, CPC):
Madam Speaker, I would like to ask my colleague one very simple question. Entrepreneurs across the nation have already told us that this increase in the CPP premium, and everything else, including the carbon tax, will kill their jobs. They will stop hiring people and put those responsibilities onto existing staff. Would my colleague comment on that?
Mr. Bernard Généreux:
Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for her excellent question.
I have already mentioned a number of times that I am a businessman. Business people have decisions to make. Sometimes, when their business’ very survival is at stake, they are forced to make extremely difficult decisions. When more and more taxes are piled on, there comes a point when they just cannot pay them anymore. The first thing they have to do, in the majority of cases, is not sell their equipment or buildings, but cut their staff. That is how they can reduce their expenses.
I would like to again thank my colleague for her question because it is very important to talk about Canada’s economic development.