Business people in Maple Ridge told the premier of B.C. on Tuesday that they want less regulation and lower taxes, so that can get on with their business.
It was a key message Christy Clark said she received at a roundtable meeting with local business people.
"Small business doesn't want support as much as it wants the government to get out of the way," Clark told The TIMES after her visit to Maple Ridge on Tuesday.
Clark was in Maple Ridge for a barbecue at Thomas Haney Secondary for what had been scheduled as an education announcement, but which was cancelled.
She also attended two roundtables, with business people and with women.
Clark said the provincial government has been especially focused on "microbusinesses" businesses with five to 10 employees, and how to support and help them grow with training, mentorship, and incentives, but she added, "I think there's a lot more we can do."
Clark's meeting with women included a range of people from education, health care, and business. When meeting with women, Clark said "the conversation unfolds differently." Women are especially interested in supporting non-profits, organizations that weave communities together, she said.
Clark faces a general election in May 2013 and polls have indicated the BC Liberals trailing behind the NDP with some support shifting to the fledgling BC Conservatives.
Clark said she believes people want a government that is tightening its belt, and not one that says "yes to everything."
"What we need to offer is stable, common sense government," Clark said.