NDP tax policies, trade wars hurt Delta businesses

Delta-based Sonic Enclosures, which employs 60 people, may have to re-think where it does business because of government tax policies and efforts to block the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Sonic designs and manufactures electrical, generator, mechanical, and marine enclosures as well as mobile chemical trailers and data vans at its facility at Tilbury Industrial Park in Delta.

Sonic’s President says his company will be hit hard by the NDP’s new Employer Health Tax, which will cost his company $50,000. He also fears $5 million in business will disappear if the NDP is successful in stopping the pipeline from proceeding.

He worries the company may have to shift its focus away from the key market of Alberta if the trade dispute continues. He notes Albertans already prefer to work with local suppliers, and says the B.C. government should prioritize policies that promote trade amongst provinces— instead of putting up more barriers to win work.

He is considering decreasing the size of his B.C. operations and expanding to California instead, where the tax regime and economic climate are much more competitive.

Delta South MLA Ian Paton is sympathetic to his constituent’s concerns, and wants to keep those jobs in the community. They discussed the situation with Official Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson in a short video.