Speaking on behalf of the National Allied Golf Associations, Jeff Calderwood last week pointed out here that every day is Golf Awareness Day this year and it doesn’t have to take place in the nation’s capital, as it did last Tuesday.
NAGA was in Ottawa to correct a situation in which golf doesn’t qualify for a 50 per cent deduction on business expenses while entertaining clients, a break that other similar industries do receive.
NAGA plans to go even bigger with a similar excursion to Ottawa in the fall as pre-budget discussions take place and its hope is that this situation is corrected in next spring’s budget, which will precede a federal election next year.
In between, Calderwood, who also serves as CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association, would like to see stakeholders in the golf industry approach their local MPs as they prepare for the election in order to state golf’s message at the riding level.
Calderwood says it’s important that individual MPs from any party understand that while golf collectively has a huge impact as illustrated by the updated economic impact study, it is really a collection of small businesses that makes positive contributions through employment, youth employment, charitable donations, etc.
That brings us to the topic of this week’s GNN Poll. Is there such an effort planned with your MP?
The question is below and on the GNN home page for you to cast your vote. Also, if you’d like to expand your thoughts on this topic, please use the Comments box below.
Are you aware of any formal plan by the golf industry, either individuals or associations, to approach your MP about a 50 per cent deduction for business people using golf to entertain clients?
- NO (77%)
- YES (23%)