CAR Members in Action

CAR Members in Action

Dr. Amie Padilla-Thornton from BC meets with her MP, discusses unintended consequences of tax proposals

Author: Dr. Amie Padilla-Thornton, CAR member

Since the Liberal Government was voted into power, I knew that tax reforms affecting Canadian controlled private corporation (CCPCs) were a possibility but the announcement by Mr. Morneau mid July stunned me.

Like many radiologists, if enacted, these proposals will directly affect my ability to effectively save for retirement or income split. I'm fortunate to have personally financed two maternity leaves through my corporation but what about my other female colleagues who have yet to do so? While my professional organizations (CAR, Doctors of BC and CMA) were mobilizing to lobby on my behalf, I felt it was important to add my voice on a grass roots level. So I did something I've never done before: I emailed my Member of Parliament, Ms. Pamela Goldsmith-Jones (on the left in the photo above) in August to request a meeting and to my surprise, she agreed.

Ms. Goldsmith-Jones was receptive, respectful, engaged and supportive. The tool kit provided by the CAR was instrumental in preparing my approach to this meeting and focusing my discussion. Afterwards, I knew that regardless of the eventual outcome, at least I had spoken up.

Less than a month remains in this short 75 day consultation period. Please meet with your MP or write them a letter. Make it personal - show your MP the negative effect these proposals will have directly on you, a constituent in their riding. It's time for the final push to make our voice of opposition heard on every level: local, provincial and federal.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has" (Margaret Mead).

 


 

Other CAR Members in Action

Other CAR members from across Canada have been meeting with their MPs to discuss the unintended consequences of these proposed tax changes. Here are just a few:

 

Quebec: Dr. Magalie Dubé met with her MP, Greg Fergus

 

BC: CAR President Dr. Emil Lee met with his MP, Mark Warawa 

Ontario: Drs Fraser and Clarke met with their MP, Catherine McKenna

Ontario: Dr. Michael Colapinto met with his MP, Karina Gould


 Newfoundland and Labrador: Drs. Cheryl Jefford (pictured below)

and Connie Hapgood met with their MP, Seamus O'Regan

 

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