Paul Labarge, a member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) Innovation Leadership Council and co-founder and partner of Ottawa law firm Labarge Weinstein, speaks first to the credibility of the proposed legislation and fuelling of ideological as opposed to constructive legislative discussions (akin to the NEP). He points out that the government, in tabling legislation in high holiday season, has fallen short in the areas of transparency, open discussion and proper consultation methodology. Legislation is confusing and replete with circular definitions, with the risk of negative economic consequences and lack of civility. Speaking on behalf of the community, Mr. Labarge calls for the Minister to lead by changing the dialogue, tone of the discussions and approach to achieving consensus. In brief, a third party perspective is needed with the tabling of common views for constructive discussion on fair ways to advance Canada’s economic and social interests.
For further insights, please read our Open letter to Canadian Mayors and elected officials regarding the impact of proposed federal tax changes: