Cumberland North MLA to host discussion on Liberals' contentious tax reform proposals

A pair of Conservative MPs will be in Amherst Thursday morning to discuss the federal Liberals' contentious proposals to reform parts of the tax system.

Cumberland North MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin is hosting the event at Bella's Café and Bistro from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m.

She'll be joined by MP John Brassard, Deputy Opposition Whip for the Conservative Caucus, and MP Shannon Stubbs, Shadow Minister for Natural Resources for the Conservative Caucus.

The MPs are also scheduled to attend a town hall meeting with the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce in Kentville from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Last week, the leaders of Atlantic Canada's Progressive Conservative parties held a news conference in Halifax to express their opposition to proposed changes to the federal tax system.

They also wrote a joint letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the matter, and called on the four Liberal premiers from the region to stand up for Atlantic Canadians and to condemn what they call "unfair tax changes that attack small business owners, entrepreneurs, farmers, doctors and families."

Morneau says clarity on possible changes is coming soon

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says changes will be required to the Trudeau government's contentious proposals to reform parts of the tax system.

Morneau tells The Canadian Press that the government will review the feedback it received on the tax proposals during a 75-day consultation period that ended Monday.

He says the government will respond with changes to its tax plan so that it meets its goal of making sure the system is fair and encourages investment.

Morneau also says he intends to provide clarity as soon as possible for small business owners, who have expressed concerns about the potential negative impacts of the proposals and the lingering uncertainty.

(With files from The Canadian Press)