The impact of the Covid-19 lockdowns on small businesses have been devastating. Everything
from restaurants to gyms have been affected, sparing no small business. These lockdowns affect
not only the business owners and their families, but also the fabric of entire communities.
Community members depend on small business owners for products, services and social
contact which provide the base for economic stability and general wellbeing.
In addition, many small businesses are unable to financially prioritize the general maintenance
and repair of their properties while they struggle for survival. Kasper Makowski, the founder of
Superiors Interior Renovations in Sault Ste Marie, has seen this firsthand as it directly impacts
his clients, and also his business. He points out that businesses and business owners are facing
pressing financial challenges and predicts an exacerbation of financial issues as governmental
priorities shift away from small business, families, community diversity, and the stability that
“We need to stop operating from a place of fear and start from a place of hope and common sense. I don’t want to see any businesses close.”
Makowski has found that some businesses, including local restaurants, have turned down the
heat to minimize expenses while they have been temporarily closed due to lockdowns. He
pointed out that in the winter this can lead to condensation, infestations, mold, property
damage, and frozen water pipes causing significant damage. As it becomes more apparent that
the lockdowns will continue throughout 2021, Makowski predicts that struggling businesses will
fall even further into disrepair.
It has now been over a year since Ontario reported its first case of the Coronavirus. “We need
to stop operating from a place of fear and start from a place of hope and common sense. I don’t
want to see any businesses close.” Makowski said. He also expressed that in his role in serving
the community as a contractor, he is limited in what he can accomplish. In pursuit of bringing
about positive change and shifting the political landscape he has found a home with the Peoples
Party of Canada as the Chief Executive Officer for the Regional Sault Ste Marie- Algoma-
Sudbury PPC Association. “It all starts with what narrative we are constantly hearing, and I’m
going to do my best to propose a different narrative” Makowski said.
The PPC is the only political party in Canada openly opposing these lockdowns. PPC leader
Maxime Bernier recently formed an “anti-lockdown caucus”. Makowski is striving to unite his
northern community and its businesses and change the dominating narrative of fear. He wants
to give people an opportunity to be hopeful, to be active in their own communities, and to
address the challenges faced by the entire community.
The Sudbury-Algoma and Sault Ste. Marie region faces challenges like any other region.
However, the solutions to those challenges must be tailored to this specific region. “ONLY the
community members really know what’s best for the community” Makowski says. Makowski
wants to encourage people in this region to get involved in the politics that shape policies
affecting all community members.
For more information or to get involved with the PPC check out the local PPC Sault Ste Marie