In last week’s GNN Poll, the majority of respondents voted no when asked if they saw government-mandated gender quotas being put in place that would affect staffing where they work.
While they may not see that coming, there’s no doubt that recent government actions, either provincially or federally, will have an effect on business.
For example,the recent federally-imposed carbon price will not only increase the cost of gas for your own equipment, it will also raise the price of delivered goods such as items for your food and beverage department.
The recent expansion of the Canada Pension Plan will have an increased cost for employers, as well as employees.
Both Kevin Thistle and Tiffany Gordon have been writing in their blogs about the eventual $15-an-hour minimum wage that will eventually be implemented in Alberta. You can read Tiff’s blog here and Kevin’s here.
In Ontario, the provincial government is feeling the heat over soaring hydro costs.
Of course, government decisions also affect the unemployment rate which, in turn, affects the disposable income that golf counts so much on, so that’s a consideration, as well.
Despite the effect on business, you may see such moves as necessary for society as a whole, or in the case of the carbon tax, believe such action is required to protect the environment. We may not like government moves, but see them as fair, or just believe that governments at various levels are getting too heavy-handed.
What do you think about the effect of government action on business these days? That’s this week’s question in the GNN Poll.
You can answer below or on the GNN home page and, as always, please feel free to expand your thoughts in the
Comments section below.
How would you describe the effects of government decisions on business these days?
- Detrimental (77%)
- Tough, but fair (18%)
- Positive (5%)