Barbara Jane (Bobbie) Sparrow
Mrs. Barbara Sparrow (Calgary South):
Mr. Speaker, this week across Canada a very important event is taking place, Small Business Week 1987. The theme this year will be "Entrepreneurship-Creating Opportunities". Small Business Week has been jointly organized by the federal Government, the Chamber of Commerce and the Federal Business Development Bank.
This is an opportunity for Canadians to salute our entrepreneurs. I am proud to say that the Province of Alberta is one of the top provinces in producing entrepreneurs. Despite the set-backs of our resource industry, I can assure this House that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Alberta.
Small business produces one-quarter of our Gross National Product and accounts for 8 per cent of our exports. Canada depends on trade. The role of small business cannot be underestimated.
Our present prospects of a free trade agreement with the United States will undoubtedly give small business an even greater role in the future toward strengthening our economy. Small business produces 20 per cent of all wages of Canadian businesses and accounts for one-quarter of the income of all employees and owners in the private sector of our country. These figures would also be enhanced by a free trade agreement.
Small businesses offer better opportunities for women. Almost one-third of small businesses are owned by women, and these figures continue to improve.
I encourage all Canadians, particularly those in government, education, and the private sector to recognize, stimulate and promote the entrepreneurship option to potential innovators.
October 28, 1987
Subtopic: SMALL BUSINESS WEEK 1987 TRIBUTE TO ALBERTA ENTREPRENEURS