In support of tax reforms
Re: Federal government’s proposed tax reforms
I am writing in support of the tax reforms being proposed by the federal government. I am an entrepreneur who has operated his own small business in Ontario full time since 1974.
I have employed many Canadians, pay taxes (unlike too many of the opponents of this bill), and spend most of my profits on Canadian goods and services. My lot are the real backbone of this country.
It has become a common knee-jerk reaction to oppose all taxes. Funny, though, few are opposed to public education, roads, transit, medical care, police, fire, etc. These things are paid for by taxes. It is an article of faith among conservatives that taxes are bad. Quite a bit of this outlook is exactly that — faith, not fact. Scandinavia has very high taxes, much of the United States not so much. Where would your rather live, Denmark or Alabama?
You get what you will pay for — or otherwise what you won’t pay for.
These reforms won’t hurt people like you and me, but they will hurt tax dodgers. I weep.
I favour whatever is good for society as a whole. Increasing income inequality in nations wedded to the American economic model erodes society as a whole and diminishes the quality of life for all.
May Canada be a smart country, not a failing one. Steven Temple, Welland