I like to think that I lead with who I am, not the political party or any other institution whose ideologies I subscribe to. I just want to be a good person. I rarely get political because I don’t fully understand the political landscape that shapes Canada or any country. I also don’t feel like being a social media armchair politician contributes positively to any cause when the writer/poster isn’t fully informed. It’s like walking down the street with a giant, offensive sign, not knowing or caring what’s written on it. I want to approach a current topic a bit differently by opening dialogue and asking questions, as opposed to having a strong opinion that’s based on another author’s view that’s potentially politically biased or baseless.
There has been a lot of discussion about the Canadian government’s proposed tax changes and the effects this will have on small businesses. I’m certainly not an authority on this subject, though from what I’ve read it’s hard for me to argue that our government’s proposed tax changes aren’t going to hurt a lot of Canadians. I’m really struggling with this because I instinctively want to stick up for our government. So at the very least I have to ask… What are the positives of these tax changes? Are the coffers so bare that this is necessary to keep the services that we benefit from ongoing? I would like to believe that our Prime Ministers, past and current, want what they feel is best for our county and don’t want to derail our economy. At face value and in spirit of ignorance, this gaffe is a gift to opposing political parties and a blow to innovation and business development in Canada. So to be a little more pragmatic about things, one would have to think that some key pieces of information are missing. Are there possibly other world/internal influences? I’m sure you can think of a few.
As an artist with a start-up clothing line, I’m struggling and this tax change, as it stands, will more than likely hurt me. No one can see into the future so I don’t know how much this will sting. What I do know is, griping about it on social media and getting pissed off about something that hasn’t happened yet, or that we haven’t yet felt the effects of, isn’t going to make a difference or help anyone. I think it’s important to ask the right questions and start constructive dialogue. I think an amicable approach to any disagreement is a lot more productive and more likely to yield a positive return on everyone’s time and effort. Do you want change? Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to know what’s really going on? Don’t get mad, redirect that passion and get involved.
Whenever possible, support local businesses and the little guys that are fighting to survive. Times are always tough for both and with the proposed tax plan; things may only get tougher…. at best. For many they will no longer exist.
I hope I can one day look back and say “remember that time when our government proposed tax changes but they fell through?”… because right now, I’m picturing myself selling my work on the streets… on some island in the south, to tourists… and trying to convince myself that it wouldn’t be so bad.
Thank you for reading. If you haven’t already, please check out my previous posts and take a look at my work.