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 Canada Revenue Agency
Make parking costs tax deductible!
Many essential workers during COVID have been required to continue to pay for parking as they are active in the workforce. Why cant those expenses be tax deductible, at least, even if only during the pandemic??? Taking vehicles to get to work instead of public transit allows for social distancing and reduces the risk of spread. We've done our part, now it's time for the government to give us a break especially if your parking rates have gone UP during this unprecedented time. Raise your voices and make it happen!
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Erin O'Toole, Jagmeet Singh, Elizabeth May, Yves-Francois Blanchet, MPs on House Finance Committee, Senators on Senate Banking Committee, Chrystia Freeland
Make Canada's Big Banks help during coronavirus crisis, and after
While millions of Canadians and hundreds of thousands of small businesses are suffering from the coronavirus crisis, Canada’s Big 6 Banks gouged out record profits of more than $46 billion in 2019! That works out to more than $22 million in profit every hour banks are open – 3% higher than in 2018, and more than double their profits in 2010! This is the 10th year in a row the Big Banks’ profits have gone up – has your pay or profit increased every year for the past 10 years? The heads of the Big 6 Banks were also paid a total of $75 million in 2019 ($12.5 million each on average). Canada’s Big Banks make among the highest profits of any banks in the world because the federal government has protected them from competition and bailed them out and given them many favours over the past 50 years. The Big Banks reaped these record profits every year for the past 10 years in part by: firing thousands of people; cutting services, and; hiking fees and credit card interest rates to gouge you even more than they were already (even though interest rates have dropped to record low levels). The federal government has failed in the past 30 years to stop the Big Banks from gouging their customers and treating them unfairly. Now, with the coronavirus crisis hurting millions of Canadians, and even though the Big Banks can afford it, the federal government still hasn’t made the Big Banks give everyone a break by cutting their gouging interest rates and fees, and cutting loan payments completely if needed. The federal government also continues to refuse to make the Big Banks pay their fair share of taxes to help pay the costs of the crisis. Canada's Big Banks paid a tax rate of only 16% over the past 6 years -- lower than banks in other G7 countries. The Big Banks also exploit tax loopholes more than all other Canadian big businesses. The Big Banks must be required: To cut all their interest rates and fees in half now, and to cut loan payments entirely for anyone who needs it for the next few months, without requiring payment or extra interest later; To disclose the profit level of every part of their business (credit cards, mortgages, lines of credit, each other type of loan, bank machines, and investment and insurance divisions) after fully independent audits; To keep all their interest rates and fees at a level that gives them no more than a reasonable profit (for example, many U.S. states limit credit card interest rates); To disclose how many people and small businesses apply and are approved or rejected for loan cuts, low-interest credit cards, other loans, by type of borrower, and require corrective actions if a bank discriminates against any type of borrower (as the U.S. has done for 30 years); To re-open basic banking branches in neighbourhoods (where they closed them in the 1990s) to help get rid of predatory pay-day loan companies (and low-cost banking at Canada Post outlets should also be allowed); To support the creation of an independent, consumer-run financial consumer watchdog group (as MPs and senators recommended in 1998) so consumers have a place to call for help if they are gouged or treated unfairly, and to get fully independent, expert advice; To pay their fair share of taxes now, and in the future, by closing all the loopholes they exploit (as England and Australia have), and; To cut the pay of their CEO and other top executives to no more than 40 times their lowest paid employee. Enforcement measures and penalties also need to be strengthened to ensure the banks don’t ever gouge, rip-off or treat their customers unfairly, and pay high penalties if they do. Enforcement is much stronger in England, and in the U.S. Please Sign and Share this petition now calling for these key changes to make Canada’s Big Banks give everyone a break on interest rates and fees, pay their fair share in taxes, and treat everyone fairly, now and after the coronavirus crisis is over. See more details at: http://betterbanks.ca
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Canada Consultation
Devastating Tax Legislation
Finance Minister Bill Morneau has tabled legislation that will dramatically alter the tax regime for families, privately owned companies, professionals and even farmers. The potential adverse consequences of this legislation are only now coming to light as it was released during the summer vacation period. Individual entrepreneurs and professionals will be taxed up to 73% on investment income paid to them from their companies. Companies will be penalized for preserving capital even if required to do so by their bank. Families will be taxed at the highest rate of the chief bread-winner and tax inspectors will have the discretion to decide what is fair compensation for a stay at home spouse. Assets left to the next generation will be potentially taxed up to 93% thus ruining family businesses. This is the biggest tax grab and it is the most draconian tax legislation ever proposed in Canadian history. Without the potential for profit business owners will not take the risk of investing their money. We will lose our entrepreneurs and the jobs they create. Bill Morneau intends to introduce the legislation by October 2, 2017. All Canadians will be adversely affected if this onerous tax bill passes. By signing this petition you are indicating your opposition to this tax legislation. An email to Bill Morneau (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Justin Trudeau (email@example.com) will also help.