The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.Christmas came early for the country’s small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) this year when federal finance minister Ralph Goodale unveiled a series of initiatives aimed at improving the plight of one of the country’s key economic drivers.  But with Canadians heading to the polls on January 23, it’s not a sure thing that any of the $485 million earmarked for SMB international trade activities will make its ways into the hands that need it the most (see story on page 6).  In the technology sector in general there is only so much money to be made selling within Canada. The future of Canada’s small and medium companies rests in large part on financial support from the federal government for international trade purposes. This should be a high priority for any future government. But it’s not enough to wait for the next government to be formed to begin pushing this: small businesses from around the country have to start making noise about their situation. They need to get involved in this election campaign by telling candidates that small business drives this country’s economy and the next governing party needs to take notice.  The federal Liberals have taken a step forward in identifying the plight of small business as an issue that needs to be addressed. But this isn’t enough: the other federal parties need to jump on this bandwagon as well.  This important issue will, however, likely get lost in the electioneering around corruption and private healthcare. With no clear leader in the opinion polls as of yet – likely pointing to another minority government – there’s an opportunity for someone to stand up and take up the cause for one of the cornerstones of our economy, small business.