Today President Trump's signed an executive order on American energy independence reversing many Obama era environmental initiatives. Trump's executive order will roll back at least 10 major Obama environmental regulations thus providing the framework for a new Trump-era energy framework that will emphasize more production, more jobs and fewer environmental safeguards. The order makes good on Trump's promise to end what he called a "war on coal," and to bring back coal jobs.
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists the United States is often noted as the being the most significant contributor to historical emissions of global warming pollution. Most of these emissions occur when power plants burn coal or natural gas and when vehicles burn gasoline or diesel. China is rated #1, the USA #2 and Canada ranks #7 according to the 2008 study. China and the US together produce around 45% of global carbon emissions
China, the world's biggest polluter however, the country has not set a specific target for cutting emissions of the gases, mainly carbon dioxide. Recently, a cloud of industrial pollution caused by China’s factories was so large and dense it was visible to satellites.
Over the period 1948 to 2013, the average annual temperature in Canada has warmed by 1.6 ° C. New research reveals that during our cold-weather season, pollution in China is altering weather patterns in the United States and Canada.
Meanwhile in Canada the Federal and Provincial Governments are placing the responsibility, read taxes, on the heads of the average Canadian citizen. Most recently, following BC’s lead, the Alberta and Ontario governments have added a carbon tax on gasoline and virtually eliminated coal fired electric plants. As if the average Canadian can limit their use of their automobiles or turn off electrical appliances significantly enough to affect climate change. Four-fifths of Canadians will live in provinces with such taxes in 2017, and in 2018 all Canadians could be paying a carbon tax. The tax, we are told, is revenue-neutral, with proceeds used to cut corporate and personal income taxes.
In fact, Canadians breathe easier than most people in the world, ranking third in an-air quality index released by the World Health Organization.
If we look at the following list of Worse Polluting Industries most do not have a large presence in Canada.
Coupled with Trumps promises to reduce business taxes from 35% to 15% introducing carbon taxes, additional manufacturing regulations and making Canadian energy more expensive is a no-win plan against Trump’s America. Businesses will invest there not in Canada.
Todays Blog is inspired by comments made by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development - he hopes that that Trudeau's new budgetary measures will attract "top-notch workers, scientists and scholars from the U.S.
Are you kidding me? What are we doing to keep home-grown talent? It is estimated that approximately 350,000 Canadian Engineers, researchers and academics currently live and work in the US. While the majority are in California there are also large populations in Arizona, Florida and Texas.
Phoenix is currently billing itself as the "new" silicon valley and actively recruiting in California. They are boasting that there are over 4,000 jobs available with major employers such as Honeywell, Intel and other "Tier 1" employers. There pitch is built around good wages, low taxes and affordable living with good housing available in the mid $200K. Add to this a low cost of living and great weather they have a strong pitch.
Other than the "Sky is Falling" hysteria surrounding Trump what does Canada have to offer? Minimum job opportunity - over 10,000 engineering jobs have been lost in the oil patch in the last three years, minimal high-technology opportunities, 44 jobs in Waterloo ON - $50K+, low pay, high taxes, high cost of living and sky high home prices. Compare this to 301 posted jobs in Phoenix - $50K+, comparable pay, low taxes, medium cost of living and low cost housing.
Bottom line is that you can put up with a lot of "politics" if you personally enjoy a comfortable standard of living.
I’m writing this post as a follow-on to one of my earlier posts on Canadian ExPat’s. It is prompted by a recent CTV News article titled “Howie Mandel on hosting Canadian Screen Awards, and why he 'resented' leaving Canada”
Now I remember the “Canadian” Howie Mandel quite well having seen him and fellow Canadian Jim Carrey perform at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto way back when. You will know how far back because that’s when we saw Keith Morrison do the local Canadian news, Alex Trebek hosted the Canadian Reach for the Top, John Roberts was a VJ on the Canadian Much Music, Kenny Rogers fronted the CTV Canadian house band The First Edition and Lorne Michaels was doing the Canadian Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour. William Shatner was already long gone! What do they all have in common? They all bailed out of Canada and are now Expats or US Citizens.
The intent of this post is not to condemn these people it’s to praise them, they figured out the Canadian Tax system, cost of living and limited opportunities (high paying) early in their careers and made, what I’m sure were wise decisions to move to the U.S.. What I don’t condone however is the false Canadian Flag waving and praise for a country that they bailed on every time they are interviewed– call a spade a spade. here to edit.
Many will tell you that they left Canada for opportunities. Howie is quoted in the article as saying "Once I made the decision that this is what I wanted to do for a career and for my life, I realized it's really hard to have a comparable career financially (in Canada)." Now lets get one thing clear from the get go, you can reach virtually any U.S. city from a Canadian airport every day of the week in a max of six hours. If a Canadian entertainer had a show, gig or otherwise they could get to that city without an issue. Not a cheaply as they could from within the U.S. but never the less it could be done. If a Canadian actor was filming a show for an extended period they could stay in a hotel or rent a place, hell they could even own a U.S. condo or home that they could stay in while working. (just like a lot of snowbirds do). A U.S. Visa would allow them to work there with no issue it would just mean that they would pay taxes in both jurisdictions. Canada and the U.S. The Canada/U.S. Income Tax Convention was signed in 1942.
U.S. Citizens however are taxed at a different rate than Canadian Citizens to the point that a U.S Citizen, paying U.S. taxes working in Canada will keep a lot more of their money in their pocket than a Canadian Citizen, working in the U.S., paying Canadian taxes. It’s a substantial difference. This is why, I believe, there is an entertainment and professional emigration south of the border. Can you blame someone for wanting to keep more of their money, isn’t that what we would all like to do?
I’ll end on another Howie quote "I ring the bell loud and clear every time I'm on something, that I was born and raised in Canada and I'm Canadian," said Mandel. Maybe he should add I just don’t want to be taxed to death in Canada!
I am a concerned Canadian that is fed up seeing companies and people leave Canada due to the high cost of doing business and living.