I would like to address the current issue of cross-border shopping that goes hand in hand with the increased value of our Canadian dollar.
We are all feeling the crunch of higher taxes and increased costs, and I understand why many would flock to the U.S. to save a dollar.
But have you ever considered that their prices are cheaper because they don’t have the health care and education subsidies that we do?
When we shop in our own country and our own community, we are paying tax dollars to support our health care and education systems; we are paying for the wages of our heroic policemen, firefighters, social workers, and teachers.
If we all decided to do all of our shopping across the border, many who are employed by the government would either have their wages cut, if not lose their jobs entirely, as we would no longer have the tax dollars to support their wages.
Please take some time to consider the ramifications of cross-border shopping, and choose to support your economy, your wage, your health care, your education, and your children’s future.