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Family Day a holiday for most, but an inconvenience for many

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business says Family Day is a holiday for most, but it’s an inconvenience for many.

It wants to see the province kick in with a Family Day Tax Credit.

Mike Klassen with the CFIB says the province needs to mitigate that cost.

“Perhaps offset it by helping us with perhaps around simplifying the rules around PST for example. And cutting red tape, that’s the way you can help small businesses. At the end of the day, this is really money out of their pocket,” he says.

Klassen says only a quarter of small businesses support the day off, a number that would rise to two-thirds if the government helped out. “For the vast majority of small businesses, it’s a day off or it’s time that they’re going have pay additional costs to staff and unfortunately it’s a burden they’re going to have to bear.”

It’s turning into one of the more controversial days off in this province.

Klassen says that burden is $1,135 for a business with less than five employees.

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It sounds like the NDP and its supporters are just looking for another reason to attack the Liberals. Everyone is quick to complain, that the stretch between New Years and Easter is too long and that the people of this province deserve a holiday, but they are quick to complain when it is given to them. Who cares and why does it matter that the holiday does not match other provinces.

February 11, 2013 at 3:48 am
    No, not only NDP supporters...

    It’s everyone and anyone who is just not a Liberal supporter, which, by the way is the majority of people in BC…

    February 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

I firmly believe that business should be SHUT DOWN on holidays except for vital services. Like how it used to be on Sundays in Canada. That was great! That was family day! This is a joke! There needs to be a day everyone is at home together! No wonder the current society is a train wreck!

February 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm
    Paula is right

    As much as I like to shop and go out to restaurants on stat holidays (as I did yesterday on Family Day), society would probably be much better off if we just toned down the rampant consumerism a bit.

    February 12, 2013 at 11:08 am