Mr. Speaker, this just shows how completely out of touch the government is with small businesses.
I represent thousands of people in my community who work at wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries, and I have seen how hard business owners like Richard have worked. I have seen how hard Richard has worked planting his vineyard, going to school and building a small winery, and the struggles he has had, whether they have been bears eating his grapes or the government increasing his taxes. After 40-high inflation, Richard cannot afford the Liberal plan for a 6% excise tax increase that would crush his bottom line.
Will the Liberals listen to small business owners like Richard and cancel the April 1 excise tax increase in today's budget?