Why Oak Bay Election’s ‘Rockland Outsider’ Gregory Hartnell, pro-life candidate for District Council won’t endorse Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ ‘Taxpayer Pledge’: “The present economic moment calls for radical reductions in taxation, not tied to inflation, but rather in concert with radical cuts in borrowing, spending, hiring, wage contracts with unions and management salaries.”

Gregory Hartnell
GREGORY HARTNELL
PRO-LIFE ARTIST-HISTORIAN
OAK BAY COUNCIL CANDIDATE
GREGORY HARTNELL’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE:
 ‘CAMPAIGN FOR OAK BAY TAX LIBERTY 2011’ @
‘GREGORY PAUL MICHAEL HARTNELL’:
1357 Rockland Avenue
Victoria V8S 1V7
Tel. 250 382 97 67
Dear Moira Ramley and Sachi Kurl
Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Thanks for your interest in my Campaign for Tax Liberty in Oak Bay.
After carefully reading your CFIB Taxpayer Pledge, I can not in good conscience endorse it, for the reasons outlined below.
1) ‘Property Tax Fairness’
As a residential property taxpayer in Victoria, I understand that the only way that Victoria, Oak Bay or any other Canadian municipality can ‘reduce the gap between what commercial property and residential property owners pay’ is to reduce the commercial property taxpayers’ bills and to conversely increase the residential property taxpayers’ bills.
 As a common sense representative of the overwhelming majority of Canadian residential property taxpayers, I cannot vote to increase already tyrannical residential property taxes, as that foolish policy would render many of us homeless, and would therefor not be in the public interest.
2) ‘Reasonable Spending’
As we are clearly heading into a Globalist-designed planetary economic depression, it would be irresponsible of any Council in Canada to even consider ‘committing to keep operating spending increases reasonable,’ because the present economic moment calls for radical reductions in taxation, not tied to inflation, but rather in concert with radical cuts in borrowing, spending, hiring, wage contracts with unions and management salaries. 
3) Transparency, Openness and Accountability
Having received a sales pitch from the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce today for this new layer of New World Order bureaucracy, I would say that each municipality should rather enhance its own autonomous accountability system, subject to applicable laws of senior governments.
A new Municipal Auditor General will not prevent Globalist fascist-socialist corporatism from spreading as long as municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments continue to foolishly promote non-productive Keynsian stimulus spending in planned so-called ‘sustainable’ economies.
Therefor, I cannot in good conscience endorse any of the points in the CFIB Taxpayer Pledge.
Very sincerely yours,
Gregory Hartnell, Candidate
Oak Bay District Council
Pro-life Anti-Globalist Artist-Historian
‘The Rockland Outsider’

From: Moira Ramley <Moira.Ramley@cfib.ca>
To: CFIB_BC <MS.BC@cfib.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 12:35:16 PM
Subject: Take the CFIB Taxpayer Pledge

www.cfib-fcei.ca


Take the CFIB Taxpayer Pledge
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is a non-profit, non-partisan business association that seeks to give independent business a greater voice in determining the laws that govern business and the country.  With 108,000 members across Canada, including 10,000 in British, we are the largest organization exclusively representing the interests of small and medium-sized independent businesses to all levels of government.
As you know, November 19th is Election Day.
This year, volatile money markets and an uncertain jobs outlook highlight for us that what’s happening around the world has a huge impact on us at the local level.
Our members tell us that more than ever, this is a time to be mindful of their wallets, and the bottom line. As they and their families face difficult financial decisions, they tell us the priorities of fiscal prudence must be front and centre with municipal governments as well.
It is with that in mind that we invite all candidates to take the CFIB Taxpayer Pledge.
The Pledge enshrines three principles for the term ahead:
1) Property Tax Fairness – by committing to reduce the gap between what commercial property and residential property owners pay, you would be committing to help create conditions that enable small businesses in your community to thrive.
2) Reasonable Spending – by committing to keep operating spending increases reasonable, ie, at or below the level of population growth and inflation or the rate of growth in disposable income, you are giving yourself the fiscal room to reduce taxes and fees, not increase them.
3) Transparency, Openness and Accountability – by supporting in principle, the creation of a Municipal Auditor General for BC, you are building on and enhancing your already existing systems of financial reporting, and standing to benefit from the best practices identified through performance audits.
In elections where only one in three voters turn up to the polls, and where those who do vote are faced with choosing from dozens of candidates, we believe a commitment to the CFIB Taxpayer Pledge offers you an opportunity to clearly and simply communicate your priorities to the electorate.
It also underscores an important message to our 10,000 BC members: your priorities are the priorities of small business.
Small business speaks out! For the small business perspective on why you should take the CFIB Taxpayer Pledge, please view our Member Video:
For more information on how you can take the CFIB Taxpayer Pledge, contact Shachi Kurl at 604-684-5325 or by email msbc@cfib.ca
Shachi Kurl
Director of Provincial Affairs, BC & Yukon
Canadian Federation of Independent Business
T: 604-684-5325/M: 604-363-4751
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