August 30, 2017
As the COA continues to advocate on behalf of orthopaedic surgeons regarding the proposed tax reforms to the Canadian Controlled Private Corporations (CCPC), we would like to draw your attention to the recent statement released by the President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Dr. Granger Avery.
As Dr. Avery stated: “nothing is more effective than individual doctors talking directly to their local politicians. We have a short window to make ourselves heard, and I urge each one of you to write, call and meet with your local MP and your provincial or territorial representative (MPP, MLA, MNA, etc.). The CMA has key messages to augment your own compelling personal narrative, which highlight the consequences this will have for you and your patients.”
As the national voice of orthopaedic surgery, the COA stands united with the CMA and our colleagues throughout the country in bringing forward evidence and recommendations in opposition to the Federal Government’s proposed tax reforms affecting private corporations. The COA supports Dr. Avery and his call to action. I encourage you to take action using the following resources:
Write to your MP: I have written to my local MP. My letter is available for download HERE and can be customized (note the highlighted sections). The COA urges members to write to their respective MPs right away, as the time for consultation on this issue is very short. Click here to find your local representative.
Sign an online petition: Add your voice to an online petitions to the Government of Canada:
Educate yourself and take action using CMA resources: The CMA is working with taxation and legal experts to review and assess in detail the consultation document issued by the Department of Finance. We encourage all members to make use of the valuable resources provided by the CMA, including regular updates on advocacy, FAQ’s and media references to the tax reform proposal.
Use social media: Join the national conversation on Twitter and other social media platforms using the hashtag #TaxFairness
Meet with Parliamentarians: Members are encouraged to call or set up a meeting with your MP to discuss the proposed tax changes. We are pleased to share the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR)’s toolkit on planning a successful meeting with parliamentarians. Meeting with your MP does not have to be daunting to COA members, and it may be the best way to have our collective voice heard. The COA is grateful to the CAR for permission to share this document in the interest of time. Again, we remind members that the time to act is now, as the consultation period is brief.
Kevin Orrell, COA President