Cullen calls for tax fairness for Prince Rupert small business

OTTAWA – MP Nathan Cullen is pointing to the disproportionate rates of taxation for small businesses in Prince Rupert as cause for the government to review the federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes Act. In a letter to Minister of Public Works Diane Finley, Cullen called on the government to review how ports are paying taxes in Canada, citing the current predicament in Prince Rupert, where small businesses are paying a significantly higher rate of tax than major industry operating on port land.

“The present arrangement has had the inadvertent result of taxing small businesses in the City of Prince Rupert at a significantly higher tax rate than major industry on port land,” wrote Cullen.

He framed the issue as a matter of fairness. “These family-run businesses are effectively subsidizing the Port, while struggling to make their own bottom line and paying a much higher tax rate. In the interest of fairness, I urge your department to review the current framework to ensure taxation is evenhanded, and to ensure that small businesses are able to thrive in towns where a port authority has been designated.”

 

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