February 14th, 2013 by Community Office
St. Thomas, ON – Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London has joined the fight to stop a Liberal government trades tax that will drive up costs for trades people, employers and residents in the London and St. Thomas region.
“I’ve signed the pledge to do everything I can to stop the trades tax,” said Yurek. “The trades tax will make almost everything more expensive, from practicing a trade to getting your hair cut or car serviced, and there’s no good reason for it.”
Today’s signing is part of a province-wide campaign that encourages MPPs to stand up for tradespeople and local residents, by signing a pledge to Stop The Trades Tax.
“On behalf of tradespeople and businesses across Ontario, I want to thank Jeff for his support,” said Sean Reid, Chair of the Stop The Trades Tax Campaign. “The trades tax will drive good people out of the trades, by sticking tradespeople and employers with millions of dollars in new costs.”
Yurek signed the pledge at Lot 33 of a Donwest Construction housing development. Donwest is one of many local businesses that will be hard hit by the new trades tax.
“As the MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London I pledge to the hardworking tradespeople and residents of my riding that I will oppose any and all efforts by the Liberal government to impose a trades tax,” said Yurek.
The Liberal government is planning to force Ontario tradespeople to pay membership fees, or a trades tax, to fund its newest bureaucracy, the Ontario College of Trades this spring. It is expected that employers will start paying the tax in 2014.
The Stop The Trades Tax campaign was launched in 2011 and has grown to 31 organizations whose members represent more than 8,000 small, medium and large Ontario businesses and 130,000 skilled tradespeople across the province. The campaign is supported by tradespeople and business owners who fix our cars and roads, cut our hair, and build and renovate our homes and hospitals.
To learn more about the campaign visit: www.stopthetradestax.ca
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