He was one
of the very nicest people that I’ve ever come to know and he was my boss for a
brief period of time around 2003. He practiced public accounting and the dynamic
between the two of us was mutual respect. Upon helping him through one tax
season, I pursued another opportunity which helped paved the way to establishing
my own practice.
have been winding up his practice right around the time I had come on board.
However; it’s clear that his clients and the game of golf were preeminent
interests which weren’t going to go away. We had lost touch between my tenure
and his passing but I can only imagine that he had a tremendous home life with
loving people around him. Evidence of his high intellect is referenced from his
obituary listing his university graduation at the age of 19 from our common
alma mater, the U of A.
reflecting this morning of one particular collaborative effort on a file with
Al, I just had to draft a blog post in remembrance of him. He was one of many
fine folk instrumental in assisting me with the street level application of tax
accounting. Al was one of those people
who knew exactly how to treat people respectfully. He was a soft spoken big man
who carried clout through his unspoken word.
You may have read the story. Word is that close to 20 civil servants
in B.C. have been fired in the context of voicing concerns over public
spending. Imagine that. Results from an investigation proceeded and ultimately
two individuals were escorted from the legislature.
Let’s think this through:
We all know that
Canadians are over taxed with a top marginal rate in Alberta of 49 per cent income
tax. Yes, that’s just income tax and
doesn’t include excise taxes, property taxes, or GST. In fact, many of your fellow citizens of high
net worth leave the maple leaf behind for residence elsewhere due to the excess
of Canadian tax.
Now let’s consider our politicians who have done absolutely zilch
in decades to materially reduce the personal income tax burden. It hasn’t
mattered their stripe because once any politician has achieved office – the
best interests of taxpayers have been lost amidst the expanse of bureaucratic
largesse. Ralph Klein in Alberta is one noted exception who took on public
sector unions and saved the public purse from calamity. Unfortunately, his
legacy has been undone.
How about the receptivity of public officials to your
discontentment with the tax burden? It obviously hasn’t translated. For bureaucrats
as evidenced by this sequence of events in the B.C. legislature to be negligent with the treatment of sacred tax
dollars to the extent that they would enact
measures of self protection of their behavior through non-disclosure agreements
should in my estimation be equivalent to fraud and corruption. Yes, corruption in
The things I like about Nakiska are mountainous scenes, guaranteed snow (snow making), unrushed morning travel, friendly feel, and affordability. I’m grateful to be back on some boards that give me better manoeuvrability in the bumps having had my old Head Monster 88’s lifted at COP last winter and then experiencing lesser performing substitutes. Speaking of Monsters, the Monster Glades is where I tested these refurbished K2 Axis skis yesterday (snap enclosed) given that other bump runs were in quite poor shape. These skis were acquired thanks to the empathy of ski friend OB having learned of my COP misfortune. Thanks OB!
Not all the kids were absent due to school yesterday
(Friday). Canada games trials were taking place for slalom enthusiasts. No,
this was not the course they were on (snap) but surprisingly this had been set up
on Lower Mapmaker for training. Yes, I veered off course for the photographic
I’m establishing a nice collection of Nakiska photos given
my leisurely annual weekday forays and in fact the experience leads me to think
about bringing a tripod along one day to step up the seriousness of capturing
the beautiful scenery. A “Go Pro” for my helmut perhaps. Stay tuned. I’m reminded of the esteemed Warren Miller who
with his team had taken phenomenal footage of ski terrain throughout the world
and inspired youth to take up the sport.