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Province still gets a 'D-' on red tape report card

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In its fourth annual Red Tape Report Card released today, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) said Manitoba’s grade remains unchanged from last year at D minus due to no progress being made in the past year on red-tape measurement.

"While five provinces and the federal government are committed to measuring and reporting red tape, Manitoba has taken little action in the past year. This leaves Manitoba small businesses spending more time and money complying with excessive paperwork, completing duplicative forms, and following rules that are inconsistent or don’t make sense," the federation said in a news release.

"With red tape costing Manitoba small businesses nearly $1 billion annually, measuring and publicly reporting the amount of red tape is critical to understanding this hidden tax," said Elliot Sims, the federation’s director of provincial affairs in Manitoba.

"We recognize Manitoba focused mainly on service delivery improvements in 2013," Sims added. "In order to improve its grade next year, Manitoba must show leadership on regulatory accountability and legislate annual measurement and public reporting of the regulatory burden. Until this happens, Manitoba will continue to be at the back of the pack."

As was the case last year, the CFIB gave British Columbia the top grade in the country — an A. The federal government was given a B+, also unchanged from a year ago.

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