From the desk of Dr. Merrilee Fullerton
September 21, 2017
Our communities within Kanata-Carleton have grown and flourished because of the many contributions of everyone here. Farmers originally. Then small business entrepreneurs; professionals like teachers, doctors, nurses and lawyers; and, most recently, men and women in technology industries. Their individual efforts in their own areas provided the collective heart and soul of our community. Their successes in turn paid for and continue to pay for the many services we in Kanata-Carleton want, need and deserve.
The fact that our Prime Minister and Finance Minister are now portraying small business owners, farmers and health care professionals as tax cheaters and people only out for themselves is many things to me – maddening, disheartening, exasperating – because it is simply not true. I am concerned that our Prime Minister sees fit to pit Canadians against doctors and health care professionals; against those whose families have worked the land here for generations; against those who put their own resources on the line to create wealth and real jobs. Real leadership is about bringing people together, not encouraging divisiveness for political gains. There is too much divisiveness in our politics today – and it is not in any way helpful.
I want to bring a positive voice to politics, to represent the interests and concerns of residents of Kanata and West Carleton in a responsible manner. On the current issue of tax reform, we know small business owners play a major part in the health of our community. Being involved in medical practices through my career, and with my husband Steve’s countless business enterprises and philanthropic campaigns, my own life experiences tell me we should all be concerned about the public posturing our political leaders have taken to advance their tax reform agenda.
We should be equally concerned about the silence we hear from those provincial elected representatives, like Premier Kathleen Wynne, who should be speaking out, lending a constructive voice in support of Ontario’s business people and their families. I appreciate and respect the value of our farmers and small business people – our friends, our neighbours, our families in Kanata-Carleton – and I have no intention of being silent, and encourage you to please take the time to read my thoughts on this matter.
In fact, I hope you might take the opportunity to come by and meet me at the Carp Fair this weekend. I’d love to hear your thoughts on taxes and other issues affecting you. As our Carp Fair is a wonderful family event, come prepared to share in the fun of this traditional community event. Here is a direct link to the schedule of events – and we’ll see you there!
Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to hearing from you,
(This is Merrilee’s personal note featured in her September newsletter.)