Liberal red tape costs billions and drives Canadians nuts

February 01, 2023

Ottawa, ON – Scot Davidson, Conservative Shadow Minister for Red Tape Reduction, released the following statement on the release of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ 2023 Red Tape Report Card:

“The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) have given the Liberals the worst ever federal government grade for their inaction on reducing red tape. After 8 years of Trudeau, Canadians are overwhelmed by needless regulations, endless paperwork and confusing jargon. This is costing billions and putting significant burdens on Canadian small businesses.

“Red tape is frustrating and costly — it makes our country less competitive, and our citizens less successful. Skilled immigrants are prevented from earning bigger paycheques, and Canada is prevented from getting more doctors, electricians and other skilled workers that we need today. But the Liberals continue to increase the size and cost of government while creating more regulations that make life even more expensive.

“Conservatives are committed to cutting red tape. We will prioritize a Plain Language Law that will eliminate bureaucratic jargon, we will simplify the tax system, cap government spending, introduce a pay-as-you go law requiring an equal amount of savings for any new government expenditure, and we will remove the gatekeepers so we can get things built and bring more doctors, electricians and other skilled workers to Canada.

“By cutting Liberal red tape, we will make life more affordable and put Canadians back in control of their lives.”