MP Clement Discusses Liberal Tax Grab at Muskoka Roastery in Huntsville

December 15, 2017

HUNTSVILLE – Parry Sound-Muskoka MP, Tony Clement, toured the Muskoka Roastery Coffee Company today and met with Patricia Snell and Doug Burns to discuss the success of their company and the negative impacts of the Liberal government’s tax hikes on small businesses.

“I salute business owners across Parry Sound-Muskoka like Patricia and Doug. They are an example of why we need the Liberal government to support small business owners, rather than punish them with tax grabs that are designed to pay for the Liberals self-indulgent projects that have driven the deficit to $20 billion,” said Clement.

“Thanks to relentless pressure from the Conservative Opposition and small business advocacy groups, the Liberals have revised some of their proposals, but they are still determined to burden business owners and hamper their efforts to grow and create jobs,” he added.

In a Facebook Live post with MP Clement, Mr. Burns said that the Liberal proposals “seem to cast small business owners in Canada as cheats in some way, and probably does not reflect the fact that most, or all small business owners are putting a lot of their own capital at risk to create something… to employ Canadians and hopefully move our economy forward.”

Mr. Burns added that he and Patricia “have put a lot of our own blood sweat and tears into this business and part of the return on that time and capital investment comes down the road… and you’d like to think you’re not moving against a headwind… and that the rules are not changing mid-way through the game.”

Entering its 18th year in business, Muskoka Roastery sells its coffee across the world and is the first coffee roaster in Canada to source green beans exclusively from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. In 2016, the company became one of the first companies in the world to introduce certified 100% compostable single serve pods, using exclusive Canadian technology. The Muskoka Roastery is also a 100% bullfrogpowered company.

“The pioneering leadership displayed by Muskoka Roastery has helped define them with coffee consumers around the world. The company is a prime of example of how entrepreneurs dedicated to their vision and principles can lead to success,” said Clement.

“We should all be proud of their success, and calling on the Liberals to back off on their ongoing agenda to tax small businesses while the super elite continue to pad their pockets. Conservatives will challenge the Liberals every step of the way on their out of touch tax grabs, and offer positive alternatives to support our job creators like Muskoka Roastery,” he added.