The M.P. for Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes Brock feels more public input is needed for tax reform.

Jamie Schmale and his Progressive Conservative colleagues asked the government to extend the consultation period to January 31st, but the request was voted down.

New Brunswick Liberal M.P. Wayne Long voted in favour of extending the deadline, and was punished for it according to Schmale.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau released five principles last week on tax reform.

Some include eliminating government red tape, and ensuring tax changes don’t affect the transfer of a family business, like a farm, to the next generation.

Schmale hopes the government will take the public feedback seriously.

Schmale also feels it was wrong of the government to launch a consultation during the summer when businesses are busy with tourist season, and farmers are working their land.