In a letter to members, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada is seeking support for its lobbying efforts with the federal government to address and resolve concerns regarding the tax interpretation/policy changes by the Canada Revenue Agency last year that may potentially impact campgrounds who employ less than five full time employees year-round.
Working with the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC), RVDA of Canada is looking to exert as much political pressure on all Canadian members of parliament (MPs), the Minister of Finance and the federal government as possible before the budget is released at the end of February/early March.
CCRVC has received tremendous support from a number of opposition MPs. The following have been very empathetic and have either met with CCRVC or raised the issue publicly at the House of Commons:
- Dan Albas (Kelowna)
- Blake Richards (Banff-Calgary)
- Ziad Aboultaif (Edmonton)
- Cheryl Gallant (Nipissing)
- Jamie Schmale (Haliburton)
“With this in mind, we asked you last month to contact your MP to discuss the impact of this unfair tax policy, to solicit and obtain your MPs’ support to discuss this directly with the Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and for your MP to recommend to the Minister that campgrounds should be considered to be an active business and included as such in the upcoming budget as recommended by the House of Commons Finance Committee in December,” the letter stated.
To garner further support, RVDA of Canada and CCRVC have developed an online petition for individuals across Canada to access and support. Since this movement is supported by an MP, the petition must be read in the House of Commons and the organizations are hoping to gain several thousand signatures before it is presented in February.