So, this post is going to piss some people off. But, I’m going to say it anyway.
I’d like to talk about Corporate Tax debate for a moment. Not whether or not there should be an increase in them. But, the debate around them
First, let me start off by saying this. I believe that we should improve the dispensation from rich and poor. We need to improve heath care, education and seniors care. I want to be in a community that supports each other not knock each other down. I want a community that treats everyone equally and fairly. There have been corporations and companies have taken advantage of people and the land. And some of the middle class are facing the brunt of that.
However, what has been lost in this debate is the amount of support many corporations give and invest in the community. Here are three of many examples for you.
Corporate Challenge: 180+ Companies, 1,500 volunteers, over 20,000 athletes. They have raised over 7.3 million for local Calgary Charities.
MotionBall: Involved in 12 Canadian cities. Individuals, partners, and organizations supporting Special Olympics. They have raised over $5, 000,00 to support and educate. I volunteered last year and it’s a great event.
Kids Up Front Calgary: Many large and corporations donate tickets for kids to events: Be it Flames Games or theatre, or other events. Below will be an alphabetical list of donors.
There was a conversation started last night about Ashif Mawji. Do you know what he has done for the Stollery Hospital? He sold his company so he can spend more time helping not only the Stollery Hospital, but the Kids Kottage Foundation.
Well, you know why they do it you say? They do it for marketing! They do it to get noticed! They don’t “care”.
That’s pretty presumptuous of you to think that.
You don’t know the personal impact certain organizations have had on someone’s personal life. Be it themselves, family members, or friends. Many successful people believe strongly that they should give back. You also don’t know the time and effort that people give IN SECRET to many organizations Not just here, but around the world. You don’t know the amount of time they mentor others. I know many entrepreneurs who do it all the time.
And, by the way, it’s none of your business.
Pissed off yet? Good. You are about to be pissed off more.
Before you assume that you know a company or individuals can afford a “simple and fair” 2% tax increase, you might want to have a look at companies around Alberta. Not just the oil sector, but other companies that have laid off people. You might want to ask some of the unemployed how easy it is to find a job. You might want to ask small business owners how they are doing. You might want to ask people currently working and concerned if they will still have a job. Times are not easy right now. That simple 2% add up. And up. And up.
It’s easy to scream platitudes on how those “rich successful corporations” and those “rich successful people” need to give more because “they can afford it”. It’s tougher to remember the time people have taken to get where they are.
Because it seems to me that generosity and success is being mocked and ridiculed.
So, before you assume these “fat cats” are “greedy and selfish” , take some time to look into the actual contributions they already give into the community. Because some of the richest and most successful people in the world happen to be some of the most generous.
Pissed off? Good. Suck it up. You needed to hear it.
Note: Not endorsing a party. Just giving a perspective here.
Here’s that Kids Up Front list.