Between early June and the time that that the National Allied Golf Associations go back to Parliament Hill in the fall to continue its mission to qualify for a deduction on business expenses as they relate to golf, there is work to be done at regional levels across the country.
Our local NAGA group has been working diligently. It’s been to numerous meetings, providing information, asking for feedback and surveying members. They’ve just got to keep chipping away.
As we have said in golf for years, how good is it that you can have four, four-and-a-half hours of undivided attention with a potential client while doing business outside of the boardroom? Why should golf be any different than other entertainment/recreational venues?
It’s being dealt with at the national level, but those efforts need to be supported at the local/regional/provincial levels. There is strength in numbers and the stronger you are as a local community or zone, the more strength there is at the national level.
Here in Southern Alberta, a big emphasis has been placed on recovery from last year’s flood and just recently, I was talking with NAGA about some government issues, but now that things are returning to normal, we’ve got to drive some revenue.
Everybody’s got to have a stake in this effort. It’s not just about being a golf course in Calgary or an operation in Toronto, but we can act in our respective areas. You can tug on different shirt tails in different regions. We all have a vested interested in this issue.
The more MPs that are aware, the better. Those MPs and the federal government have a lot going on and we need to be vocal with each of them through localized efforts and help those who are going to Parliament Hill.