Do you feel government taxes, fees and decisions are death by a thousand cuts to businesses, including golf?
When the federal government struck a deal to enhance the Canada Pension Plan last year, it increased payments not only for workers but for employers, as well.
By next year, the minimum wage in Alberta will be $15 an hour and you can bet that, or something close to it, will become standard across the country.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called on all provinces to adopt carbon pricing by next year or the federal government will step in and do it for them. It will keep rising until 2022 and affect the cost of gas and ultimately, other prices as well.
In Ontario, hydro rates are soaring and even an announced 25 per cent reduction is seen as a re-election ploy by the government. The bottom line is it’s still expensive to keep the lights on due to previous decisions.
Add to that the specific taxes and fees a business pays in its specific area and the price of doing business is rapidly increasing.
Has it gone too far?
That’s the question for this week’s GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, as always, feel free to add your thoughts in the Comments section below.
Are recent government taxes, fees, programs and decisions threatening the long-term viability of businesses, including golf?
- YES (85%)
- NO (15%)