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Conservatives Pass Motion to Support Small and Medium Sized Businesses

CHILLIWACK – Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack—Hope, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Conservative motion to support small and medium sized businesses:

“Today, with the passage of our motion in the House of Commons, Conservatives have secured more help for small and medium sized businesses including right here in Chilliwack and Hope that are harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of our efforts, the Trudeau Liberals must pause their punishing audits on small and medium sized businesses until June 2021 and provide additional flexibility in the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, and other programs to support entrepreneurs and workers.”

“This builds on our Conservative track record of standing up for small and medium sized businesses and making the government’s emergency programs better for Canadians. This includes increasing the wage subsidy from 10 to 75 per cent, advocating for changes to the Liberals’ failed rent subsidy program, and now, postponing the Liberal audits on small and medium sized businesses.”

“It’s disappointing that the Trudeau Liberals voted against this motion and wanted to allow punitive audits on small and medium sized businesses to continue during the second wave of the pandemic. Businesses in Chilliwack—Hope and across the country are fighting to keep their doors open, and the last thing they need is a time consuming and costly CRA audit.”

“Conservatives understand that there is no Canadian economy without our small and medium sized businesses. It’s as simple as that. Under the leadership of Erin O’Toole, we will continue to stand up for workers and entrepreneurs in Chilliwack—Hope and across Canada and ensure they get the support they need to weather this pandemic.”