Nurses against the CNA's statement on tax reform
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The Canadian Nurses' Association took it upon themselves to speak for their 130000+ membership and tell the nation that nurses stand behind the Liberal decision to reform tax structure for small businesses without consultation from its membership.
Here is the article in the National Post published September 6, 2017
The CNA does NOT speak for me; sign if you agree.
- Canadian Nurses Association
Dear Ms. Shellian;
We the undersigned, are a portion of the Canadian Registered Nurses whom you represent in the Canadian Nurses’ Association. We write to express our displeasure and disappointment with the CNA’s position statement published in the National Post on September 6, 2017 in the article titled: “Nurses announce support of proposed tax changes that have doctors fuming”. While everyone is entitled to their personal opinion, being a spokesperson for a group of respected professionals should not be a platform for one’s own views on a highly contentious issue such as this one.
Nurses and physicians are integral players within the healthcare team and must work together to provide the high-quality patient care Canadians expect when seeking health services. We work together in an environment of mutual respect, an understanding of each other’s roles and an unspoken relationship of having each other’s back when times get stressful. When our physician colleagues need our support in taking on the gargantuan foe of the Liberal government wanting to totally decimate their livelihood, we must stand with them in solidarity; not turn our backs and abandon their plight. As you well know, physicians do not have sick days; they do not have pensions; they do not have maternity leaves. Instead, they have to save their money to have these privileges we take advantage of as Registered Nurses working in the public sector. There is much more to this issue than reaping more tax dollars in the name of social justice; this is a dire issue of physician retention in a system that is already bulging at its seams.
What is very disconcerting is the fact the CNA felt it appropriate to speak on behalf of its 130 000+ members against physicians and other small business owners. Not all nurses are employed within a hospital or health authority; many are self-employed providing care in some capacity to Canadians nationwide. This is an attack on them. Many nurses have spouses who are small business owners who are now left wondering what will happen to their retirement plans. This is an attack on them. Many nurses just simply disagree with Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Morneau’s tax change plan. This is an attack on them. To our knowledge, the CNA membership was not consulted prior to this position statement’s publication. This is where you went wrong. Had there been a poll conducted prior to this article and a statistic given of its results, many of us would not be so angry, but this sadly is not the case.
In summary, we hope this letter makes you pause; think about future choices; perhaps rephrase or rescind this statement after appropriate consultation and remember that we are respected professionals who deserve to have their opinions shared without assumption of agreement.
The undersigned Registered Nurses and their supporters across Canada.
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