Canada has a cor­po­rate di­ver­sity prob­lem

RE: Canada

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

I just ar­rived back home in Canada, hav­ing spent a de­light­ful win­ter abroad. Re­turn­ing home is al­ways such a pleasure, be­cause you get to see it through fresh eyes. But as I passed through a half-dozen cities on my way home from the air­port, I was re­minded of what our na­tion has be­come: Tim Hortons, Wal­mart, Home De­pot, Cana­dian Tire, TD Bank, re­peat.

I’ve driven across Canada five times now, and two things strike me ev­ery time: I see less wildlife, less di­ver­sity of en­ter­prise. Whether it’s in big cities like Cal­gary, Van­cou­ver, or Toronto, or in smaller ones like Cambridge, Bran­don, or Vic­to­ria, it’s al­ways the same: Kelseys, Star­bucks, Esso, Sub­way, RBC, Har­veys, re­peat.

Why don’t our gov­ern­ments, at all lev­els, make it far more dif­fi­cult for multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions to siphon re­sources out of our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties? If our lead­ers also made it eas­ier for lo­cal busi­nesses to flour­ish, we could en­joy a di­ver­sity in our econ­omy that matches what we see al­ready on our streets and in our schools.

It’s what makes Canada such a lovely place to call home. Jared Brock, Guelph

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