Denis Shapovalov had an opportunity to become the first
Canadian male tennis player to win a Masters 1000 (most senior level
professional tournament equivalent to a Grand Slam) Series event today matched
up against the number one player in the world, Djokovic. BTW, we still call all
these athletes that leave Canada due to high taxation levels here Canadian in
spite of their departure to tax havens. They like to keep the warmth of our
country in their heart while paying tax abroad. Few really call this fact into
question with respect to any semblance of National allegiance. The athletes
certainly aren’t to blame but it is interesting how we still like to dress them
with the Maple Leaf and discount the lay of the land.
What if Canadian star athletes decided to stay in Canada?
Certainly, governments would benefit from a return of capital on any funding
awarded to athletes in lieu of their elite athletic status during years of
development. This is not to say that particular athletes don’t give back to
Canada upon capturing success in ways other than a direct return of such
government sponsored funding. Then there’s the direct taxation for domestic prize
pools associated with Canadian events such as the Rogers Cup. Residents are expected
to report their world wide income whereas non-residents to do not. In spite of
tax credits awarded to residents for foreign tax paid, the high tax rates in
Canada would most likely supersede tax credits.
Non-residents are expected to pay Canadian tax for earnings on Canadian
Look out Fernie / Sparwood / Blairmore…you’re next. Teck
laying off 500….and it’s yet to be reported exactly where the blue chip miner
is going to apply its cuts. Their steel producing coal isn’t quite as appealing
to the markets. Could it be time to start promoting golf courses and casinos with
the forestry industry also in the doldrums? The sleepy towns of Cranbrook and
Kimberley get by (barely) with the closing of Cominco years ago. This corner of
B.C. is still holding on to some semblance of conservative values in the face
of a rising industrial backlash but it could all be about tourism once the next
movie star catches a glimpse of the Teck open pits fuelling rhetoric for light
Is Canada corrupt? You go to work every day and pay your taxes. Your taxes are intended to provide services which benefit the public good. Naturally, human resources are required to administer such services. Your government also assesses your country’s standing in the world and maintains relationship with other nations in the context of preserving freedom and quality of life for citizens.
Then we have
a system of commerce which operates under the guise of “capitalism”. In a
capitalist system, small businesses and large businesses operate with particular
reasonable regulations relevant to their industries and such regulations are
imposed also in the context of the “public good”. An inherent trait associated
with “free enterprise” is the right of business to “fail” due to whatever underlying
factors are confronted. It is not the business of governments to pick and
choose winners and losers through political bias, personal relationships, or
preferential treatment due to the geographic jurisdiction of stakeholders. If
such a landscape was permitted to exist, free enterprise would lose its appeal
as a viable commercial system to engage with freewill unencumbered by systemic
learned through an ethics report – your country has failed you because in spite
of you playing by the rules, you’ve come to learned that your federal government
has a interfered in the legal process of a defendant charged with improprieties
in the name of “picking winning and losers” in the capitalist system. One must ask, as a nation, are we any
different from third world countries which make ever day habits of conducting
affairs on such terms?
Yes. This is Donald Trump and he holds the highest office in the United States of America. You cannot defend the assertion of “crass with no class” by simply deferring to an alignment with his public policy. This is what’s been done over the past two years among those who have been defending him. You see, I actually draw a correlation between personality, personal conduct, derogatory references to minorities, and the potential for leadership mistakes. I also empathize with voters who have been disenfranchised with Washington lobbyists and governmental mismanagement leading up to a radical choice in the Republican nominee. For context, we have the latest “tweet” pertaining to the Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, Tlaib “squad” suggesting they return to their countries despite three of the four who have only known the United States.
The biggest trouble with these crass twitter remarks is the
lack of condemnation by his peers. It’s apparent that his political peers are
either afraid to rebuke his tirades in fear of reprisals or fear of becoming
the actual target of yet one more of his rants. Oh yes, then there’s the fear
of a defamation lawsuit in the back drop of man who threatens like a school
yard bully. It’s dysfunction at its
finest and in spite of being conservative in my ideology, I’ll be looking
deeply into the eyes of those who dismiss Trump’s abounding personal insults as
frivolous. The evidence of him being intolerant is abundant within the public
domain during his short tenure as President never mind any private relational
discord he would have encountered prior.
Lindsay Graham has
remarked but there was no rebuke. This is the same Lindsay Graham who endured
insults from the tongue of Trump during the contest for Republican nominee. To
be quiet amidst undeserving personal attacks of peers seeming to be racist is
to condone if travelling in circles around the President. When a nation cannot
conduct debate with dignity, good faith and confidence erodes.
If “values” matter as a principal in governance, then Mr.
Trump fails. If U.S “financial solvency” becomes the primary bench mark in
which Trump presides and somehow his leadership facilitates the return to fiscal
prudence, he’ll have a success. Or, his experience in bankruptcy and his
capacity to offend may actually serve him well should the U.S. federal debt
become unserviceable during his tenure.
just one more example of how your tax money is wasted. Apparently convicts who
have supposedly lost their autonomy get to “shoot up” and possess an injection
kit in their cells as authorized by your country’s “Prison Needle Exchange
Program” (PNEP). Correctional Services Canada is now mandating that guards
facilitate to “shooting gallery” and rightfully the union of guards has said
no. “This is not our job”.
in the humanitarian rights of prisoners and your country unfortunately has ethically
abused the duration of time in which they’ve permitted prisoners to be held in
solitary confinement. This has been addressed in lieu of the Ashley Smith
is common with wrongs made right from an apologetic landscape of a government over
extending rights, there is now this new “PNEP” program that you the taxpayer
get to pay for. The policy is not only fiscally irresponsible but it’s
detrimental to the health and welfare of convicts. When a convict has lost
their liberty, certainly they should lose access to illicit mood altering
Your tax money is getting spent once again on a
special interest group. I am not prejudiced against whomever fits into the
acronym of LGBTQ and whatever other letters get added in the future. In fact, I
don’t think there’s consensus yet with respect to which letters should fit at
the end. However; I am strongly against sending money to Ottawa in order to
appease a group who may have legitimate social challenges in the context of the
expression of their identity. I do not elect a government to propagate social construct.
However; I do expect my governments to enforce common sense law including
legislation around “hate”. If a parent responsible for the livelihood of
someone associated with this elongated acronym fails to provide the necessities
of life in consequence of the individual’s sexual preferences, then parent’s
wages should be garnisheed to pay for public housing in association with said
parent’s discriminatory conduct. Not the taxpayer.
At every turn, our current federal government operates
as if it has a moral authority superior to yours. It apologizes, acquiesces, and
spends as if there are no limits to your capacity to pay tax. Our current
federal government lacks the backbone to say no to any special interest group
likened to themselves on the political spectrum.
It was Justin Trudeau’s father who in fact stated that
the government has no interest in the bedrooms of Canadians. Today his son sank
your money into a program aimed at appeasing yet another group claiming victimhood
but this time because of the group’s alternate sexual appetites.
- Hyperinflation rate so astronomical you won’t
- Water shortage
- Food shortage
- Civil strife
- Rolling black outs
- Russia installs military presence taking sides
with Nicolas Maduro
- U.S. contemplates aid and incidentally has sided
with declared President Juan Guaido
- Journalists arrested
- Socialist policy since Chavez leaderships in 1999
If you eliminate incentives for business to produce goods and services, they will stop. If you pay people not to produce, they will not produce. If you do not sanction poor behavior, people will continue to behave badly. If you overregulate the ambitious, they will turn elsewhere for a market. If you condone corruption, you will get more of it. If you sense injustice and fail to acknowledge it, you will subscribe to the status quo. If you witness crime and fail to report it, you are complicit. If your leadership is ambivalent toward justice, your society is regressing.
mind playing a role in calling out stuff for what it is before new norms
negatively take hold thereby attributing to societal decay. No I’m not naive
enough to think that my single voice can make a difference so I implore you my
friends to also stand your ground when confronted with drivel and provide your
version of push back. I realize it’s tempting to simply cede in lieu of
behavior unbecoming of a country’s President (Trump), but call it out anyways.
President of the United States has declared that the press is the “Enemy of The
People”. On the contrary, the press has a major role in reporting to the people
behavior elicited by their governments.
Journalists actually become formally versed in ethics as part of their
curriculum. Unfortunately, the business of journalism is not immune from
pressures of bias arising from mediums in which their messages are
expressed. Hence; particular news
outlets will be better than others and thankfully a democracy provides people
with the power to discern the credible from the incredulous.
It could be
the case that Donald Trump believes that if he states something ridiculous
enough times over and over through his Twitter account that those on the
margins of self esteem with an unrequited vote may just step over to the dark
side with him.
Trump may believe
he can take his dysfunctional, demeaning, and narcissistic management style and
impose it on a populous weakened largely by events which were largely outside
of their control but within the control of past governments and regulators. If
he somehow can derive a correlation between liberal misgivings and CNN, then in
his heart perhaps he can sway those undisciplined from objective thinking.
consequence of the election of Donald Trump to President has been the
attribution some will make of his character to the conservative
philosophy. The track record of recent
Republican Party leaders has been lacklustre further weakening the image of the
conservative philosophy. Although not much of a talking point to date, the
conflation of populism and conservatism because of Trump will have a dulling impact
on communicating fundamental conservative doctrine over the next decade.
Strong conservative leadership in Alberta has been lacking for a lot of years. Jason Kenney…..a rather bland fellow stained by a lacklustre record serving under Harper as an MP at the federal level where he talked up social issues instead of what really matters to Canadians – their pocket book is now your choice. We hold our nose and vote for him of course. You wouldn’t think for a moment during this critical time of burgeoning socialism to spoil your vote via voting for a fringe party, I know. We hope that he actually gets it. We hope that he understands that Albertans have industrial resolve at their core believing that a merit based capital system is foundational for the actualization of career dreams.
We hope that he understands that Alberta and Canada cannot alone solve the world’s environmental concerns. We hope that he keeps his mind out of the bedrooms of taxpayers. We hope that he materially aims to cut public expenditures including pensions to civil servants so that taxes can be reduced. We hope that he invigorates the legal system so that law enforcement can feel empowered rather than stifled. We hope that he leaves the abortion debate alone. We hope that he repeals intrusive regulatory burdens such as the “carbon tax” for small business. We hope that he rightfully imposes penalties to corporations behaving environmentally irresponsibly. We hope that he applies common sense to decisions affecting us all. We hope that he communicates interests of Albertans effectively with federal law makers. We hope that he is honest and immune from lobbying efforts of special interest groups. We hope that he understands that Confederation requires the cooperation of provinces for the good of economic development. Finally, we hope that he understand the level of exasperation felt by taxpayers constrained financially while witnessing their governments blow away money as if it were confetti.