S.J. Chamber of Commerce Calls For ‘One-Minute’ Strike to Protest Proposed Tax Changes

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau speaks to media during a press conference in Vancouver, September 5. (Ben Nelms/The Canadian Press)

SAINT JOHN – For perhaps the first time in its history, The Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce is showing support for a strike. Actually, in this case it’s the organizer.

In a press release Thursday, The Chamber called for a national “one-minute strike” on September 15 at 1 p.m. (EST) to protest the proposed changes to the way businesses are taxed across the country.

David Duplisea, CEO of the Chamber, said the organization is encouraging businesses across Canada to stop work for one minute and and take photos of their businesses and staff members to include with your correspondence with members of parliament as part of the tax consultation process.

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“A one-minute strike will not impact operations, revenue or customer service but our hope is that putting faces to the millions of Canadians who could be impacted by these changes will send a powerful message to Minister of Finance Morneau and Prime Minister Trudeau,” said Duplisea.

“There are more than one-million businesses who will be impacted by the proposed changes across many sectors,” said Duplisea. “If small businesses were to stop work for a longer duration, the impact would be significant. Any business
strike of length would be devastating. We want to make this a simple process for business owners to register their concern and have their voice heard.”

The one-minute strike is one of many things The Chamber is doing to register its protest against the federal government’s proposed changes to the way it taxes incorporate businesses and their owners. Last month, it launched a letter writing campaign against what it characterized as an “ill-conceived tax grab.” On September 12, it will host a breakfast information session about the proposed changes.

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