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In their own words: What the local candidates are saying to the business community

On Monday, October 19, 2015 Canadians will be voting in the 42nd Federal Election.  The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce asked the candidates for Peterborough-Kawartha riding five questions of local business significance.  The final question, "What is your personal statement to the Peterborough business community?" is answered here: 

Maryam Monsef, Liberal: Peterborough Kawartha’s business community is a key contributor to both the quality of life and standard of living in our area. Through the efforts of our entrepreneurs, wealth and jobs are created in the community. Beyond their financial impact, our businesses contribute to the social and cultural fabric of our region. They regularly and generously support community groups working to enhance the lives of our friends and neighbours. Their philanthropic efforts also have a positive impact on individual lives within our community.

Government needs to be a partner with our business community. It has an important role to play in supporting businesses through the creation of favourable conditions that allow them to create wealth and jobs.

In my view, government needs to concentrate on four key areas to assist businesses in job creation.

These include:

  • Establishing a competitive tax environment that encourages investment in innovation, technology and the development of new markets
  • Pursuing smart regulations that protect the environment, labour standards, and safety without placing an unnecessary regulatory burden on businesses
  • Investing in key economic infrastructure such as transportation, serviced industrial land, postsecondary education and the development of workers' skills, and
  • Assisting businesses with access to debt and equity capital that will help them reach new 
  • markets, adopt innovative processes and products, and establish new or expanded operations.

As your Member of Parliament, I would work diligently with you to build a Peterborough where our children and grandchildren will enjoy a positive social and economic future. 

Michael Skinner, Conservative: I strongly believe in supporting Job Creators and our local businesses.

In addition to supporting the development of skills training, our Government also recognizes the value of businesses and job creators in the long-term health of the Canadian economy. It’s not by chance, that Canada is consistently ranked one of the best countries in the world to do business. Our Government has taken significant steps to provide incentives and tax relief for job creators that contribute to Canada’s job and economic growth.

The Conservative Government knows that the vast majority of jobs are created by small businesses and entrepreneurs. 

Canada’s small business owners and entrepreneurs are creating jobs and building wealth across the country. Small businesses make up 98% of all companies in Canada, employing nearly 70% of the private sector labour force and contributing nearly 40% to the GDP.

As a leading job creator in Canada, small businesses are essential to Canada’s overall prosperity.

Our Government is committed to doing everything it can to support small businesses and entrepreneurs to do what they do best, recognizing market needs and creating goods and services to meet those needs. 

I am proud that the conservative government has accomplished the following: 

  • Since 2006, our Government has reduced the corporate income tax rate for job creators from 21% to 15%, the lowest overall tax rate on new business investment in the G7.
  • We reduced the small business tax rate from 12% to 11%, and we will reduce it to 9% by January 2019, the largest tax rate cut for small businesses in more than 25 years.
  • We created the Venture Capital Action Plan to help increase private sector investment in innovative businesses; the plan has made up to $350 million available to establish up to four large-scale private sector-led funds.
  • We created a new late-stage venture capital fund to support entrepreneurs.
  • We made an aggregate investment of up to $50 million in established high-performing venture capital funds in Canada.
  • We created and extended the temporary Hiring Credit for Small Business to help small businesses by defraying the costs of hiring new workers.
  • Our Small Business Job Credit is reducing the federal EI premiums paid by small businesses in 2015 and 2016 by 15%, saving small businesses more than $550 million over two years.
  • We are providing entrepreneurs seeking to export to emerging markets for the first time with direct financial support.
  • We are supporting incubator and accelerator organizations to expand their support to entrepreneurs with $100 million through the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program.

I believe jobs and our economy must be our number one priority. I also believe in the Conservative government’s proven track record of stability over risky change.

David Nickle, NDP:  The NDP is committed to the success of small and medium sized businesses which are responsible for nearly 40% of Canada’s GDP and employ more than 7.7 million Canadians. The NDP have proposed to cut the small business tax rate from 11 per cent to 9 percent to better support a sector of our economy that creates 78% of all new private sector jobs in Canada. The NDP will start with an immediate reduction from 11 to 10 percent, injecting some $600 million into Canada's small businesses - followed by an additional reduction to 9 percent in the second year of our mandate. Once fully implemented this will cut small business taxes by nearly 20 percent.

The candidates also answered this question at the Chamber's PBX at The Junction on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.  Listen to their answers and read the answers to all five business related questions online at:


While you're on the Chamber website reading about the candidates, check out the rest of the election tool kit, including a link to Elections Canada and information on the business platforms of the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce.    

Election Day is Monday, October 19, 2015.  


In their own words: What the local candidates are saying re: rail and pipelines

With a week and a half to go until Election Day, the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce continues its series on what the candidates are saying with regard to issues of local business significance.   In this article are the responses to issues of passenger rail service and where the candidates stand on the Energy East Pipeline project.   Each candidate was asked to keep their responses to 500 words per question.  Captured in this article are the answers to two of the questions.  

What is your party’s position on (and why)?:

1. The Federal component of the funding to upgrade the rail line and reintroduce passenger rail service from Peterborough to Toronto.

Mike Skinner, Conservative: 
The Conservative government’s commitment of $150M towards the reestablishment of a passenger rail service still remains.  We are very willing to work with the province and the Shinning Waters Railway to continue this project along.  As the elected MP, this will be one of my primary priorities once the election is over.

Dave Nickle, NDP: The NDP has been defending VIA Rail services vigorously since the Conservatives started drastic cuts to passenger rail services in 2012. These cuts have hit Ontario especially hard.  Cutting VIA Rail services is pushing us further away from having an efficient and accessible regional rail in Ontario and is impacting our local tourism and business sectors.  

Eliminating service and driving away current and potential riders is not an acceptable way to modernize a competitive rail passenger service. These cuts did not improve VIA’s service offering nor boost its financial performance.  Reduced passenger rail service has undercut the economic stability of communities in Ontario. Reducing train service deprives Canadians of safe and affordable travel options.  VIA Rail provides a vital service and these routes have allowed our local communities to grow and prosper. Canadians travelling for business, school or recreation rely on VIA Rail to provide efficient, affordable and accessible services.  It’s shameful that Conservatives are cutting services so recklessly.

Only the NDP has stood up to propose legislation to mandate minimum service levels and an NDP Government will make it a priority to invest in efficient, safe and sustainable passenger rail services.

Maryam Monsef, Liberal: I fully support the proposed upgrade of the rail line between Havelock and the GTA. The availability of an upgraded and well maintained freight line is critical to maintaining and attracting new industry to our region. Businesses such as Quaker Oats and Unimin Mines depend on the ability to move product to and from the GTA. The Federal and Provincial governments have set aside funding in their fiscal
frameworks for these projects and work should begin as soon as possible.

I support the re-establishment of passenger rail service from Peterborough to Toronto as long as there is a realistic and comprehensive business plan that demonstrates that such a service is financially viable, and will not result in local taxpayers having to take on new financial obligations.

2. The Energy East pipeline project which, if approved by the National Energy Board, will bring 250 new jobs to Peterborough’s GE large motor plant.

Dave Nickle, NDP:  Canada’s natural resources are a tremendous gift and, managed properly and sustainably, can be important drivers for our economy.  Refining Canadian oil in Canada makes sense – but we need to ensure that a strong environmental review regime is in place to determine if projects like Energy East are safe and sustainable before they can proceed.  Unfortunately, the Conservatives have systematically dismantled environmental assessments and limited public input into major project reviews, meaning that a rigorous and credible assessment just isn’t possible under these circumstances. An NDP government will strengthen the environmental assessment regime to restore public confidence and ensure that the public interest and our environment are protected.

Maryam Monsef, Liberal: I believe our long term goal must be to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels for energy production. As a party, Liberals are committed to working with the Provinces to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop green-energy sources and encourage sustainable consumption practices. 

TransCanada describes their Energy East Project as a proposed $12 billion 4,600 km-long pipeline that will carry 1.1-million barrels of unrefined oil sands crude oil per day. It would run west-to-east from Alberta to existing refineries and new terminals in Saskatchewan, Quebec and New Brunswick. 

In the short and medium term, I support the need for Canada to invest in new infrastructure, including pipelines, to move our energy resources to domestic and global markets. The risks involved in moving petroleum products by rail need to be mitigated and safer options employed. I support a robust regulatory review process. Such a process needs to provide independent and scientifically-based analysis. The overall review and decision process needs to incorporate key principals that include:


  • Building public trust
  • Consulting with and addressing the concerns of local communities
  • Respecting Aboriginal rights, and
  • Not placing our lands, waterways or ecosystems at risk. 


Mike Skinner, Conservative: 
The Energy East pipeline project which, if approved by the National Energy Board, will bring 250 new jobs to Peterborough’s GE large motor plant and 4,200 to the province of Ontario.  An elected conservative government supports this pipeline.  Today over 600,000 barrels of oil are delivered to the Province of Ontario via Rail or Truck, a pipeline will increase the safety and efficiency of this oil being delivered to Ontario.

Next week the Peterborough Chamber will post the answers from the candidates on the following question: “What is your personal statement to the Peterborough business community?”

Find the candidate answers on the Federal Election 2015 page of  the Chamber website

Comment through the "Peterborough Chamber" group of LinkedIn.


Be Informed:

The federal election involves many issues affecting the business community, from the economy to job creation to taxes to innovation and access to new markets, capital and a skilled workforce.

Learn more about what the parties are saying.   

Also on the webpage, more from:



With the new riding boundaries in effect for this election, there are links to Elections Canada.  There you can find out where to vote, when the advance polls are open, and ensure you are on the voters list.  

Election Day is Monday, October 19, 2015.  


Opening communication between voters and candidates

Information is gold during an election and even more so during a municipal election where there are often a significant number of candidates. In the City of Peterborough there are six candidates for Mayor and five in each of the five wards. That’s at least 11 people whom a voter has to learn about before heading to the polls on Monday, October 27th. In the eight townships that make up the County there are 86 candidates, including a number who have been acclaimed. 

As a result of this need and the fact that there are candidates looking to get their information out to the public the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce created the Peterborough Chamber 2014 Municipal Election Hub page on Facebook
(https://www. facebook.com/ptboelection2014). 

“The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce does not endorse any one candidate,” says Stuart Harrison, President and CEO of the Chamber. “In fact, that policy is what drove us to create this hub of information. The page is open to all candidates and residents in the City and County and is another resource to learn about the issues and people looking for a seat on council.” 

Candidates are also encouraged to share their information. What are you hearing in the community? Tell us about your town hall events, office openings, and informational writings.

Comment on this article through the "Peterborough Chamber" group of LinkedIn.