Minister, I guess I'll continue. I had a chance to share with you the perspective of the interpretation bulletin. Maybe you've had a chance to reflect on that. By the way, that was from August 2016, so it was not a Conservative government. It was in fact your government.
I will reiterate that in our last budget in 2015 we initiated a review of these rules, and there was a reason why that review was initiated. Twelve of the 13 submissions we received indicated that they felt the rules were unfair and recommended that there should be some change. Then, of course, the interpretation bulletin from August 23, 2016 made that change. Then these campgrounds started to be assessed and reassessed with a different interpretation of the rules about active versus passive income. Frankly, the idea that a business is too small to be a small business is quite ridiculous, but that was the interpretation.
I gave you a list of a few businesses that have been affected because of this change in the interpretation. There are others, and some of them are being put out of business. Also, I know there are a lot of businesses out there that are in fear right now, because they wonder if they'll be the next business model to be approached and attacked under these changes, which really seem to be quite arbitrary.
As my colleague Mr. Aboultaif read to you earlier in this own committee's pre-budget report for the 2017 budget, the recommendation was:
That the Government of Canada recognize the income earned by campgrounds and storage facilities as “active business income” for the purpose of determining eligibility for the small business deduction.
Minister, it seems to me that the only thing your Liberal government isn't ignoring is another attempt to be able to punish small businesses. I want to give you another chance, Minister. Will you take another look at this? Will you actually try to make sure this war on small businesses stops, or are you just going to keep repeating these talking points about people paying their fair share?