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Richmond Centre Electoral District
On March 8, 2017, Alice Wong made a statement in the House of Commons on the topic of Women in Small Business.
The following is a transcript:
Hon. Alice Wong (Richmond Centre, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to rise on this day, International Women’s Day, to highlight women in small businesses. In Canada, 47% of small and medium-sized enterprises are wholly or partly owned by women. As a former small business owner myself, I understand that running a business requires dedication, hard work, and finding the right balance between business and family.
We must continue to encourage and empower women of all ages to accomplish their goals. We also need to ensure that the right tools, mentorship, and opportunities are provided to guarantee the success of our small businesses.
I hope this day reminds us that every day women in Canada and around the world greatly impact our economies and communities for the better. We must ensure that all women have a chance to pursue their dreams.
MP Alice Wong made the following statement in regards to the Quebec City Mosque shootings that occurred January 29, 2017:
“I am shocked and saddened by the attack in Quebec City last night. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who are affected, and with the entire community of Quebec City. There is no place for this type of violence in Canada.”
A motion was adopted by the Special Committee on Electoral Reform on July 7, 2016 stating:
“That the Committee be directed to issue an invitation to each Member of Parliament to conduct a town hall in their respective constituencies and provide the Committee with a written report of the input from their constituents to be filed with the Clerk of the Committee no later than October 14, 2016.”
The office of MP Alice Wong is in the process of soliciting feedback from the residents of Richmond Centre on their views of electoral reform.
To ensure that everybody that wants to participate in this consultation can do so, our office is accepting electronic and written submissions, which will be compiled into a report that is sent to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. To allow us time to compile feedback, we have set a deadline of October 11, 2016 for us to consider views of constituents.
The following reference documents give a background on our electoral system, and electoral systems used elsewhere in the world. In addition, there is a slide deck, and also a publication that our office published and sent to all residents in Richmond Centre via Canada Post. The submission form is also below.
The consultation ended on October 11, 2016. Thank you to those that sent in their feedback!
Statement on Petition e-397
Electronic petition e-397 was initiated by a Richmond Centre constituent on the topic of birthright citizenship and a practice referred to as “Birth Tourism”.
A Member of Parliament must sponsor a petition in order for the government to provide a response to the petitioners. Once the required number of signatures are collected, it must be presented in the House of Commons by the sponsoring Member. The House of Commons is not scheduled for a regular session until September.
MP Alice Wong represented one of her constituents in the process of presenting a petition to Parliament. While a sponsoring Member of Parliament does not have to agree with the opinions or request set out in the petition, this topic affects the constituents of Richmond Centre and the Liberal government has the responsibility to respond with its position. The government has 45 days to respond to the petition after it is tabled in the House of Commons.
Questions relating to the origin and content of the petition should be directed toward the creator of the petition. The creator of the petition is Kerry Starchuk, a resident of Richmond Centre. She has given our office permission to share her contact e-mail which can be obtained by e-mailing the MP Alice Wong office.
The petition can be found at https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-397.
For further information, contact:
Office of Hon. Alice Wong, MP (Richmond Centre)
June 13, 2016
STATEMENT BY ALICE WONG
Richmond, BC – Alice Wong, Member of Parliament for Richmond Centre, is unable to attend votes in the House of Commons during the week of June 13 to 17 due to a bone fracture in her foot.
Alice Wong remarked, “I will not be able to attend the votes on matters in Ottawa this week, including Bill C-15, the Budget Implementation Bill, which I have already spoken against in the House of Commons.”
Alice Wong continued, “I would like to thank the medical professionals at Richmond General Hospital for the excellent care they provided.”
For inquiries, contact:
Office of Hon. Alice Wong, MP (Richmond Centre)
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LIBERALS BREAK ANOTHER PROMISE ON SMALL BUSINESSES
Liberals decide to raise taxes on Small Business
Richmond, BC – Alice Wong, Member of Parliament for Richmond Centre and critic for Small Business, gave the following remarks after the introduction of the 2016 Federal Budget:
“The Liberals campaigned on a promise to see the small business tax rate decrease from 11% to 9% and instead they have stopped this tax cut – a tax cut that the Minister for Small Business and Tourism claimed she would ‘…be working closely with the Minister of Finance to ensure that our commitment to lower the tax burden on small businesses is fulfilled.’
Indeed, the small business tax cut was promised in the Liberal 2015 election platform, and this promise was broken, in addition to the pledge to keeping the deficit under $10 billion.
Businesses thrive on stability and after Budget 2016, all they can count on is fiscal uncertainty. Which taxes is the government going to increase next to pay for their bloated deficits?”
Other small business stakeholder groups have negatively commented on Budget 2016’s impact to small businesses.
Dan Kelly, President of CFIB, stated that, “Other than some infrastructure spending, there is nothing in this budget that will help any small firm create even one job.” 
In conclusion, this reflects yet another Liberal promise broken, and a government that is choosing to turn its back on the small business job creators in Canada.
For inquiries, contact:
Office of Hon. Alice Wong, MP (Richmond Centre)
 Page 80, Liberal 2015 Election Platform
 December 11, 2015 (spoken in the House of Commons)
 March 22, 2016 CFIB News Release, “2016 budget breaks election promise to small business”
The Liberal government must stop sending mixed signals and inconsistent messages to Canada’s small business community. Alice Wong, Official Opposition Critic for Small Business, and Phil McColeman, Opposition Deputy Finance Critic, today called for clarity from the Finance Minister on his intentions to target professionals operating small businesses incorporated as Canadian Controlled Private Corporations (CCPCs).
“With experts projecting that the Liberals intend to borrow close to $150 billion – putting Canada on track for at least ten years of deficit spending – Canada’s small business community remains on edge about whether they will be targeted by the Finance Minister to pay for his big government spending plans,” said McColeman. “Every time the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister recklessly muse about targeting different sectors of our economy to fund their borrowing, it sends shockwaves of uncertainty through the economy and causes business to hold back on investing and hiring.”
“Canadian small businesses play a crucial role in the economy. They deserve to have clarity from this current government, and their ideas and recommendations need to be listened to,” said MP Wong. “Businesses thrive when they know what the rules are, and the Liberal government’s inability to clarify what the rules are going to be for small business owners is stalling further investment and jobs in our economy.”
In his appearance before the Standing Committee on Finance during the Committee’s 2016 Pre-Budget Consultations, Dan Kelly, President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses, echoed major concerns from the small business community about the government’s plans:
“We are a little bit freaked out with the prospect for some clawing back of access to the small business corporate tax rate. There have been some messages from the new government that it may limit some of the businesses who currently do take advantage of the lower small business corporate tax rate. Some talk about perhaps professionals being disallowed from accessing that rate … we’re hoping to get some messages of reassurance on that front in our meetings in the months ahead.” – Standing Committee on Finance, Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning with CIBC Private Wealth Management, recently stated that concerns about Liberal plans to target small business are “the No. 1 issue that comes up when we deal with small business owners,” suggesting that advisors are recommending that professionals hold off on making business decisions until the Federal Government provides clarity on its intentions.
“Now is not the time for political games that create uncertainty and damage the Canadian economy. Small businesses know that someone will have to pay for the federal government’s massive borrowing plans, and the Liberal government’s irresponsible approach of publicly considering short-sighted tax grabs, without providing any certainty, must end,” said MP McColeman.
“The Conservative Opposition is calling on the Finance Minister to immediately clarify exactly what taxation changes he intends to introduce for Canada’s small businesses in the 2016 federal budget,” said MP Wong.
• During the 2015 election, Prime Minister Trudeau stated his view that “a large percentage of small businesses are actually just ways for wealthier Canadians to save on their taxes”.
• The Liberal Platform signalled a belief that Small Businesses could be targeted to reap hundreds of millions of dollars in additional federal revenues, by changing the rules around professional and family businesses with Canadian Controlled Private Corporation (CCPC) status.
• The Prime Minister’s Mandate Letter to the Minister of Small Businesses and Tourism instructed her to work with the Minister of Finance to ensure that the small business tax rate is not used “to reduce personal income tax obligations for high-income earners”.
• During the Finance Committee’s 2016 Pre-Budget Consultations, Liberal MP Robert Falcon-Oullette stated: “I’ve never seen a homeless practising doctor.”
• During the Finance Committee’s 2016 Pre-Budget Consultations, Liberal MP Raj Grewal indicated that taxation for professional small businesses should remain status quo, while other small businesses should receive a reduction in the small business tax rate: “The economic rationale for me is that small businesses outside the professions deserve the reduction, and the professions remain as status quo”. When reached for an interview to provide clarity, Grewal fuelled further uncertainty, stating that “The government hasn’t made a final decision on that. It may or may not be included in the budget.”
• During the Finance Committee’s 2016 Pre-Budget Consultations, in response to a question from MP McColeman about whether he intended to eliminate the current taxation status held by professional CCPC’s, the Minister of Finance indicated that a decision has in fact already been made, stating: “I can confirm, no.”
• A February 29, 2016 Globe and Mail article indicated that the Finance Minister’s office, when asked to provide clarity on the Minister’s statement, declined to make any further comment.
On November 9, 2015, Alice Wong was sworn in as the Member of Parliament (Richmond Centre) in Ottawa.
On December 3, 2015, the first session of the 42nd Parliament is scheduled to open.
On the advice of the Prime Minister, the Governor General, by proclamation on Sunday, August 2, 2015, dissolved the 41st Parliament and gave instructions to issue writs of election. Monday, October 19, 2015, has been set as the polling day and the writs of election are to be returned by Monday, November 9, 2015.
For information on the election process, please consult the Elections Canada Web site.
July 31, 2015 – Richmond, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada
Today, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors and Member of Parliament for Richmond, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced support of $556,200 for four projects under the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
In Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government of Canada announced further support for communities with the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Thanks to a commitment of $150 million, communities from coast to coast to coast will see support for improvements to local infrastructure, creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will help fund renovations, expansions and rehabilitations to existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for the public. The Program represents one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity across Canada.
- The four projects being announced today total $556,200 in funding under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, and will help improve existing community infrastructure in Richmond.
- The national Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program provides $150 million over two years to be delivered by regional development agencies across the country. It is part of the federal government’s activities to honour Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. Western Economic Diversification Canada is responsible for the distribution of $46,200,000 over two years for Western Canada.
“Our Government’s investments across the West are helping to build stronger communities and create jobs. As we look towards the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we are helping all Canadians celebrate this important milestone, while leaving a lasting legacy of improved local infrastructure.”
– The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, and Member of Parliament for Richmond
“The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will create many legacies for Richmond residents in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. The four projects approved will help improve accessibility and safety, and enhance community sustainability at the Richmond Olympic Oval, contribute to healthy lifestyles through the Garratt Wellness Centre, and support community literacy and access to information through the Richmond Public Library. Our thanks to the Government of Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada for supporting us in moving these projects forward.”
– His Worship Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Richmond
British Columbia Projects being launched today:
Canada 150 Funding Amount
|City of Richmond||Renovate the main library in the City of Richmond to create a digital services launchpad||$65,000|
|City of Richmond||Upgrade the Garratt Wellness Centre||$191,000|
|City of Richmond||Upgrade the accessibility and fire safety systems at the Richmond Olympic Oval||$50,100|
|City of Richmond||Upgrade to energy efficient LED lighting at the Richmond Olympic Oval||$250,100|