Petition to Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Jane Philpott, Bardish Chagger, Andrew Scheer, Tom Mulcair, Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Stop #UnfairTaxChanges: Access to Canada's Health Care Threatened
On July 18, 2017, the Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announced its intentions to alter the current tax laws for small businesses. The impact of these proposed changes will be immense and disastrous. As hard-working members of society, small businesses provide the economic backbone of Canada. Small business owners receive none of the paid benefits that salaried employees do. The risks and costs of running a small business are high. Tax assistance is vital to ensure the survival of small businesses. Our Canadian doctors are independent of the government and run their clinics like small businesses without any support from the government. Without pensions or any benefits, such as sick leave, maternity leave, health benefits or paid vacation, physicians must independently cover all of the costs of running their offices. Costs include staffing, rent, utilities, all medical equipment/diagnostics, and all medical supplies on top of mandatory licensing and registration fees. This overhead can be between 30-60%. There are 88,000 physicians in Canada and the majority are self-employed. Each office employs on average 4-6 staff. This allows our physicians to run accessible and efficient offices to help patients obtain medically necessary care. Elimination of tax arrangements which were legally negotiated to help physicians control the expense of running offices will impact patients directly. If these proposed taxation changes are passed, Canada’s doctors will be forced to downsize offices and lay off employees. Many provinces have had millions to billions in unilateral cuts to frontline patient care over the past few years. In Ontario alone, our doctors are now into their fourth year without a contract and there has been over $3.7 Billion unilaterally cut since 2015 by the provincial government from the patient services that our doctors provide. There are millions of patients in Canada without a family doctor and unprecedented wait times for specialists. Medical clinics are already struggling to stay afloat. With these federal tax changes, our physicians will be forced to further reduce clinic hours and cut patient services, ultimately leading to longer and longer wait times. Some physicians will close their offices and retire early or leave Canada. Patient accessibility of medical care in Canada already ranks third last amongst all of the wealthy countries (Commonwealth Fund). These tax changes will be further detrimental to Canada's already ailing health care system. Patients and their physicians deserve and need access to timely and quality medical care in Canada. We all deserve fair taxes to help promote small businesses and ensure their survival. We the Undersigned, concerned patients and doctors of Canada, urge Prime Minister Trudeau to preserve fair small business tax laws and not further erode access to our precious health care system. Patients can never come first when frontlines doctors are put last. #ProtectSmallBiz #StopMDExodus #CareNotCuts Please share this petition on Facebook and Twitter. For more information and to stay updated, please like and follow Concerned Ontario Doctors at We are Your Ontario Doctors on Facebook and @OnCall4ON on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you.
Petition to Premier Brian Gallant
STOP NB Power! STOP Taxing Basic Needs!
During the past month, electricity bills have sky rocketed in New Brunswick. Some residents have shared their monthly bill on social media and you can see a clear increase of over 700$!! On top of these increases, we are being taxed on a basic human need as if it were a luxury. While I do understand some countries are not as lucky as we are, we are blessed to have the chance to have electricity in every home. Every NB resident has the right to have a warm home during the cold winter months. I have seen some residents in distress as they are on a limited income. Nobody should have to choose between warmth or food for their family. Please help me get 20 000 signatures to show the Government of New Brunswick that we have had enough of NB Power. We need a utility company that serves the people, not the CEO. We should also NOT be taxed on this basic human need in Canada. We are lucky to have power across the province, however enough is enough!!!
Petition to Paula Fletcher, Gord Perks, John Oswald
Protest unfair garbage-collection fees in Toronto
The City of Toronto is phasing out fee rebates for homeowners who have small or medium-sized garbage bins over the next few years. The stated aim is that garbage collection will then be fully funded by user-fees. When the phase out is complete, however, homeowners who have small and medium-size bins will pay substantially more for garbage/recycling collection on a per litre basis than people with large and extra-large bins—as much as 2.5 times more. Households with extra-large bins will be paying $1.38 per litre of waste, while those with small bins will pay $3.46 per litre. How equitable does that sound? If we follow this logic, filling stations should charge people who drive fuel-efficient cars more per litre of fuel than those who drive gas-guzzlers. City Council focuses on the gross cost of each bin size, but the per litre cost is inequitable. We suggest you look at the costs, calculate the increases and decide for yourself. The numbers are available on your utility bill and on the city's Solid Waste Management Services website along with options for garbage collection. If you agree the rebate phase-out is unfair, please sign our petition, contact your councillor and talk to your friends and neighbours. If you'd like to contact us, we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cooper Langford (Leslieville) and Lies Lambermont (Leslieville)
Petition to Truck Drivers Canada
Truck Drivers have valid reason to incorporate. Please sign if you agree!
Contract drivers take notice of the recent news to classify driving services corporations as Personal Services Business. This will not allow to claim any expenses and charge high corporate tax up to 44% Contract drivers provide driving services to trucking companies and are truly self-employed. Being self-employed, they can choose to incorporate. Incorporation is a legitimate tax planning option and contract drivers should not be denied access to it. They have the genuine expenses, such as, meal, shower, over night stay expenses; and have the full right to write off those expenses. They are contributing their fair share of tax to Government in the form of regular payroll remittance and corporation tax. They collect GST/HST and make payments as required by law They have created their own employment and are contributing to workforce. They don't take undue advantage of Employment Insurance benefits. Drivers have no role in WSIB. It's trucking companies responsibility and concerned departments should focus on compliance with them. Instead of discouraging the incorporation structure, Government should focus on compliance with tax and audit unreasonable write-offs. Contract drivers are backbone of the trucking industry and work hard to make their living. They are contributing to the Canadian economy. Unfair tax measures will discourage them to be in the industry and will adversely affect the economy.
Petition to Premier John Horgan
Think Green: Exempt Electric Vehicles from Luxury Tax
All electric vehicles are valuable in our fight to curb CO2 emissions and to face up to climate change. The province imposes an extra 3% pst (total 10% pst) on electric vehicles (EVs) over $57,000 and now with the 2018 budget, an extra 8% (total 15%pst) Luxury Vehicle Tax (with 5% GST on top of that) on EVs priced between $125,000 and $150,000. Unfortunately this means the “long range” versions of Tesla Model S and Model X, both exceptional zero emissions vehicles which aren’t even eligible for EV purchase incentives, are at a serious price disadvantage next to fossil-fuelled (CO2 emitting) vehicles of comparable features, quality and performance. We feel this is a punitive measure against EV buyers, especially those who need the extra range only available from more costly EVs. Without such greater range it’s hard for many buyers to justify buying an EV at all. Rather than rewarding their clean air choice, this tax discourages or punished those who take action to reduce their personal transport carbon foot print. Further, the higher taxed EVs are premium level vehicles that have the potential to inspire the image and performance conscious motorist, (not just environmentally-minded drivers) to switch from polluting, CO2 emitting internal combustion vehicles to zero emissions electric cars. This is an important fulcrum for social change in our energy future. The luxury car tax would be a more effective climate change mitigation measure if it were a graduated tax on all vehicles indexed to their respective exhaust green house gas emissions, rather than their price, since price has little to do with climate impacting emissions. We ask that ALL BATTERY ELECTRIC PASSENGER VEHICLES BE EXEMPT FROM THE CURRENT “LUXURY TAX” including the changes set out in the BC 2018 Provincial Budget.