The Trudeau Government in Ottawa has declared war on campgrounds and other small business owners and it's time to fight back.
 
That reaction from Banff-Airdrie Conservative MP Blake Richards after Revenue Canada changed the definition of a small business to one that employs at least five people year round.
 
"Obviously in the case of campgrounds, you're not going to employ people year round; we don't have a year round camping season here," he argued. "Other businesses that would have less than five full time, year round employees have to recognize that this could be them next.
 
"If you remember back in the (election) campaign, Justin Trudeau said that he felt small businesses were just a way for wealthy people to avoid taxes. It starts to look now like he really meant that because he just really seems to be going after small business owners in any way that he can."
 
Richards feels if the businesses are forced to pay higher tax rates, many will simply go out of business.
 
"They're the backbone of our economy, frankly, they provide so many opportunities for middle class families, both the business owners themselves and the people they employ ," he pointed out. "This kind of a war on small business will hurt our economy."
 
Richards is urging campground owners and others who might be hit by the tax rate change to get together and lobby their MP and the federal government. He also has a page on his website where you can record your opposition to the move.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, 6:00pm “We have the Fire under control” says Candice Gordon, Public Information Officer with the Hanna Fire Department.

Local business owners to be recognized again

Do you know a local business owner, or perhaps one of their employees, that deserves special recognition? The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you.

Sex assault charges laid in day care investigation

A young Drumheller man is facing sexual assault charges in connection with alleged incidents at a local day care.

South Hill turnout construction wraps up

They've been at it for a while now, but it looks like crews will finish construction of a turnout at the bottom of Drumheller's South Hill sooner rather than later.

Eclipse a hit with locals and visitors alike

It was an event decades in the making and it will be decades again before we see another one like it.

Cottage proposal goes down to defeat

The planned development of a former golf course in Rosedale has hit another stumbling block.

Nargang wins award for volunteering

Drumheller's Fran Nargang went to her mailbox earlier this month and found an envelope from Senator Doug Black, an Alberta Senator in the federal government.

Be on the lookout for people up to no good

RCMP in Hanna are hoping to catch an industrial thief.

Badlands concerts have meet and greet moment

The biggest musical weekend of the year is just around the corner in Drumheller.

Fire smoke with us to stay, at least for a while

There is still a bit of smoke haze in the air over east central Alberta, as there has been for the last several days, off and on.

Chamber golf tournament a winner

The annual Jurassic Classic golf tournament for the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce went off without a hitch on Friday, August 18.

Digital devices can strain more than just your patience

Do you remember your parents telling you not to sit too close to the television because it was bad for your eyes? That has now been updated for the digital age.

New fundraiser for Drumheller Humane Society

The first annual Dog Jog fundraiser takes place on August 26 starting at the west end of the Badlands Community Facility.

Allied Distributors sells out of welding lenses due to solar eclipse

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse approaches on Monday, August 21 and many are seeking out forms of eye protection.

Hey Romeo is prepared to take the stage

Two big name musical performances take over the Badlands Amphitheatre on Drumheller's west end this coming weekend.

Election day nears for area municipalities

In just one month we will know who is going to run for a seat on council in Drumheller and other municipalities around the area this fall.

Seniors minister visits Drumheller

Alberta's Minister for Seniors and Housing came to Drumheller on Thursday, and she brought ice cream!

New fad poses a risk for a certain breed of dogs

A disturbing trend is to blame for some abandoned Hollywood Huskies.

Annual Fall, Recreation and Arts Expo approaches

August is drawing to a close and that means valley residents will be thinking about registering for fall and winter activities.

First responders deal with fatal crash near Hanna

Tragedy. That's the word many have been using in the aftermath of a fatal highway crash south of Hanna on Wednesday, August 16 that killed three children.

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