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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