Mulcair talks small business at Main Street café

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair got a taste of the Upper Beach today when he joined Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway at a local coffee shop.

James Feistner, owner of Grinder Coffee, gets a laugh from NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, centre, and local Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway, right, after Mulcair pressed and poured his own espresso in the Upper Beach café on Feb. 10. PHOTO: Andrew Hudson
James Feistner, owner of Grinder Coffee, gets a laugh from NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, centre, and local Beaches-East York MP Matthew Kellway, right, after Mulcair pressed and poured his own espresso in the Upper Beach café on Feb. 10.
PHOTO: Andrew Hudson

Before visiting Grinder Coffee on Main Street, the federal Opposition leader stopped in at a lobster shop and a seafood restaurant in Riverdale to promote the NDP’s jobs plan. The plan would lower the tax for such small businesses from 11 to 9 per cent, and also boost a tax allowance for small business owners who buy new equipment.

Together with plans for a higher federal minimum wage and a national child care program costing no more than $15 per day, Mulcair said helping small business is part of an NDP goal to raise the quality of life for Canada’s middle class.

“One of our jobs as social democrats is to try and reduce inequality in our society,” said Mulcair. “Unfortunately, for the past 35 years, inequality has actually been growing in Canada.”

MP Matthew Kellway said it’s a trend he’s seen since he and his family moved to the neighbourhood 18 years ago.

“Even middle-income families in this end of Toronto are now squeezed with childcare costs, with affordability of homes, with lack of affordable rental housing,” Kellway said.

“What I hear all the time in this neighbourhood is that my kids aren’t going to be able to grow up and buy a home in a neighbourhood like this.”

Canada’s next federal election is expected to be called no later than October.


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