Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Why is Business Boycotting Winnipeg?

Apparently, big businesses do not want to move into Winnipeg.  Well, that whole delimna is what many small Canadian communities have been facing for a number of years but Winnipeg is a big centre.  The fact is big business does not want to bring their operations into Canada because Canadians want fair compensation for the work they do.  They can get their labour force at a fraction of the cost in underdeveloped countries.  Canadians don't want to and can't work for buttons.  I'm sorry, but some of these companies really are looking for glorified slave labour some even using unethical employment practices but Canadians are not willing to settle for that.   Here's a clue.  We aren't China.  We don't need to work under those conditions and guess what, perhaps some of these businesses should re-evaluate their employment ethics.  Just saying....

However, the issue isn't only about getting a cheaper labour force.  In terms of economics, it is more expensive to do business in Canada.  They face higher taxation but there are tax breaks as incentives to set up shop in Canada.  In Winnipeg, the business tax is currently either frozen or eliminated for 40% of business so that in itself should attract businesses into the city but it isn't.  Many businesses also get the small-business tax credit which costs Winnipeg $3.9 million dollars annually in lost revenue.  Then there are the tax refunds many businesses are entitled to which costs the city further in lost revenues.  Clearly the tax break incentives are not enough to attract big businesses into Winnipeg.

So, what will attract big business into Winnipeg or any other Canadian centre?


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