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Tuesday, February 20, 2007 

Canadian Federation of Independent Business Too Negative

On February 19th, Saskatchewan citizens enjoyed their first ever 'Family Day' holiday. The declaration of the new statutory holiday has the Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business howling.

Marilyn Braun-Pollon made sure that the local media were aware that the Saskatchewan Branch of the CFIB was NOT very happy. Insisting that she would not observe the new holiday and would be at her desk, Braun-Pollon gave a list of grievances concerning the new holiday.

She claims that the federation surveyed about 300 small business owners. Of those owners, the CFIB noted:
-42 per cent of owners polled predicted a loss of sales or revenue,
-more than 30 per cent of those surveyed said they would have to operate longer hours on Monday,
-About one-fourth of the business owners said they would have to pay overtime,

Huh!? Look at those figures.

From what Braun-Pollon is telling us we can assume:
-58 per cent DID NOT predict a loss of sales or revenue,
-about 70 per cent WOULD NOT have to operate longer hours on Monday,
-about three-quarters of the business owners WOULD NOT have to pay overtime,

I think what we have here is a knee jerk reaction by Braun-Pollon and the CFIB who simply cannot bring themselves to say anything positive about the benefits for employees or quality of life issues around the new holiday.

Shame on Marlyn Braun-Pollon for taking her survey and painting the blackest picture possible.

As Buckdog pointed out yesterday, "and just as Christmas has its 'Scrooge', Family Day has its Marilyn Braun-Pollon."

CBC Saskatchewan

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't those small business that had to operate longer hours and pay overtime on the holiday be gaining sales and revenue? It would not make sense for them to operate longer hours and pay overtime were there not additional profit for them. That mitigates against the CFIB's argument.

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