Big Times In The Suncatch

Big Times in the Suncatch will take place every Friday and Saturday night. More Details

Tax experts and over 100 local business owners and employees gathered in Winkler this week to voice concerns over the federal government's proposed tax legislation.

Many say the changes would hurt the country's biggest economic engine, successful small business, suggesting it would, "kill the goose that's laying the golden egg."

After reading the proposals, a panel of professional accountants agreed the changes would not only squeeze out profits, but discourage owners from reinvesting and taking risks to grow their businesses.

"Do any of you make an investment not knowing how it's going to be taxed?" local accountant Dale Gislason asked, adding the legislation presented for the 75 day consultation period is "overly convoluted and complex."

forum2"We want to grow, that's our goal."

Some business owners suggested they simply wouldn't start a new business today in this uncertain tax environment.

Winkler Mayor Martin Harder says the proposed changes would especially have a huge impact on Winkler where 90 percent of the community works for private corporations.

He adds roughly 40 percent of the city's tax base comes from small business, noting many communities would be thrilled with even 20 percent.

"We want to grow, that's our goal," one business owner says, to hire and employ more people.

 

 

"If they win, we win... It's about reinvesting in the community"

Another business owner suggested the new tax laws simply make it extremely difficult for entrepreneurs to reinvest in their companies, meaning no new jobs.

"I'm an employee and this scares me," Jean Thiessen says. "Yes this is going to affect me... I don't want to lose my job."

With interest rates on the rise, and uncertainty around the NAFTA trade agreement, Kenton Derksen of GTP says the proposed tax changes are another hit to local business operators and entrepreneurs.

 

forum3

More Local News

Organizers 'Switch Up' 2018 Corn and Apple Entertainment

The bands for the Morden Corn & Apple Festival have been announced! Jocelyne Durand, the Chairperson for the Corn & Apple Festival Jocelyne Durand, the Chairperson for the Corn & Apple Festival, says…

Local Pickleball Athletes Win Silver In 55+ Manitoba Summer Games

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in North America. Started in 1965 as a past time for all ages, the sport had a life of it's own. The rules and court requirements are a combination of many of…

Big Times In The Suncatch

Big Times in the Suncatch will take place every Friday and Saturday night. More Details

Local Dealer Says Phasing Out Traditional Cars "Makes Sense"

An announcement by Ford earlier this spring that it plans to stop selling most of its cars in North America raised some eyebrows, but didn't come as a total shock to a local car dealer. The plan…

Area Residents Hope For Another Low Mosquito Summer

Mosquito larviciding programs in the area are underway. Last year, the communities of Winkler, Morden and Altona did not have to fog against mosquitoes. Altona Public Works Manager, Clint Derksen,…

Emerson-Franklin Reeve Not Running In October Election

Emerson-Franklin Reeve Greg Janzen won't be seeking re-election in fall. He's finishing his second term as reeve, and looked back on some of his memorable experiences. "It's been quite an experience…

Winkler Resident Named Special Olympics Manitoba Volunteer of the Year

The 2017-18 Special Olympic Manitoba Volunteer of the Year is Winkler's Michelle Goertzen. Goertzen volunteers with the Valley Rollers 10-pin Bowling Club in Winkler, and coaches a Rhythmics program.…

Loose Dogs A Concern For Winkler Residents

Residents of the Pembina Valley have expressed concern after seeing a number of dogs walked off-leash. Kenton Hoeppner, Community Safety Officer for Winkler, says though owners may feel their dog is…

Are Ticks Increasing In Southern Manitoba?

Studies are being done to determine factors that play into the survival of ticks, but an increase in ticks is hard to determine. Kateryn Rochon, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of…

Paddlefest, Boat Build Take Over Morden Beach (VIDEO)

The first Habitat for Humanity home got a fundraising boost this weekend thanks to the Beach Boat Build at Morden's Colert Beach. Organizer Sue Nelson explains eams of four frantically assembled…

Care Home Surprised How Swings Unlock Memories In Dementia Patients

Salem Home is raising money for more wheelchair accessible lawn swings. Staff say the swings have a unique ability to unlock memories and open up even the most closed off residents. "Sometimes…

PembinaValleyOnline.com is your only local source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login