In sup­port of tax re­forms

Northumberland Today - - OPINION -

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

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