Bill Morneau, the Minister of Finance, joined Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, on a tour of businesses in Tweed and Tamworth on Wednesday. The visit formed part of the minister’s tour to talk about how the Government of Canada is making smart investments that lead to shared growth and create opportunities and jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.
Morneau and Bossio began their tour in Tweed with lunch at the Gateway Restaurant, joined by Tweed Mayor Jo-Anne Albert. They then stopped into Gaylord Flooring, a family business that has been serving the community since 1985, and has since expanded across North America through their online sales platform. Bossio noted that the unprecedented federal government investment of $500 million into rural high-speed Internet will make small town businesses like this even more globally successful. Morneau and Bossio then grabbed coffee at By the Way Café, before heading to their first scheduled tour.
At Enright Cattle Company, a family farm run by Kara and Darold Enright near Tweed, Morneau talked about the Government’s plan to build a stronger middle class through investments in education, skills training, infrastructure and innovation. The Government is also working to position Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector as a leader in the global economy—one that can take full advantage of innovative new approaches, helping create new jobs and contributing to economic growth. Bossio also noted that through federal investments in the tax-free Canada Child Benefit and the reduction in middle class taxes, Canadians have more money in their pockets to spend locally on businesses such as the Enright Cattle Company.
Minister Morneau and MP Bossio also visited Bon Eco Design in Tamworth, Ontario, where Morneau emphasized the significant contribution of business owners and entrepreneurs across Canada, from small, family-run operations, to dynamic and growing firms. Owners Carolyn Butts and Hans Honneger demonstrated their vision for “Rebuilding Main Street” in rural Canada in a way that is historically, economically, and environmentally sustainable.
The Government’s ambitious plan will build a stronger middle class through investments in people (a tax cut for the middle class, the Canada Child Benefit, education, and skills training), in our communities (housing, roads, bridges and green infrastructure) and in our economy (innovation, smart cities and digital). The Government is working to create middle class jobs and more opportunities to succeed in the economy of tomorrow.
“The people, communities, and businesses that we visited are prime examples of the energy and dynamism of rural Canadians. Whether it’s Gaylord Flooring’s ability to reach across North America from the small town of Tweed through online sales in this increasingly digital global market, or the Enrights’ determination to build a successful and sustainable farming operation from the ground up, I know that our rural communities have what it takes to be successful and add to the Canadian economy. Bon Eco Design’s drive to ‘Rebuild Main Street’ in Tamworth and their talent for turning what people see as waste products into art and functional items really gets to the environmental and sustainable way of living that I believe in.”
-Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament – Hastings—Lennox & Addington
“Our Government is building a strong middle class and growing the economy over the long term. In the past year, more than 300,000 jobs have been created and the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since the 2008 global financial crisis. Our economy is truly firing on all cylinders. We intend to continue providing the support and leadership needed to help Canadian entrepreneurs succeed in an increasingly innovative, dynamic marketplace, and to put Canadian talent centre-stage when it comes to fostering sectors like agriculture and agri-food sector, where Canada is well-positioned for success.”
-Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
Enright Cattle Company: https://enrightcattlecompany.com/
Bon Eco Design: http://bon-eco.com/index.html
Gaylord Flooring: https://www.gaylordhardwoodflooring.com/