I was in Tim Horton's
recently and checked out my website CanadianBullshit.com and
was surprised that a message came up saying it was banned
because of inappropriate content. That seemed
odd. There were no swear words or anything perverted on it
and the only word that might be considered politically incorrect
was "bullshit" which to be fair is often used in Canada.
Sometimes it is referred to as "BS" or "Bull"
but often people will say "bullshit". So I decided
to investigate Tim Horton's and devote a page on my website to it.
Tim Horton's was a coffee and
donut shop started by Tim Horton and Jim Charade in Hamilton in
1964. Tim was an excellent hockey player for 24 seasons and he
loved to drink and drive fast. In 1967 he partnered with Ron Joyce
and in 1974 he got drunk and went driving fast in his sports car a
1974 Ford DeTomaso Pantera and killed himself by rolling his car
over several times, being ejected from it and having twice the
legal blood alcohol level and not wearing his seat belt. Very sad.
The chain grew to over 4000 restaurants and in 2014 it was sold to
Burger King and the sale was approved by Prime Minister
Stephen Harper. Burger King was owned by Restaurant Brands
International which some people who don't understand how business
works think was a "Canadian company". Actually the
majority owner was 3G Capital of Brazil so it is now actually a Brazilian
company. Now it order to make more money the Brazilian
company is doing nasty things to the Tim Horton's franchise
holders who I understand on average make about $265,000/yr after
If you are interested in just
what Canadian owned means I suggest you review this page on
wikipedia and if you think that a company is really a
Canadian company you may be surprised. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_ownership_of_companies_of_Canada
So where is the bullshit
here? you ask. I think that there is a lot of
it. In my opinion it was a big mistake to approve the sale
of the largest and most successful restaurant chain in
Canada that hired thousands of Canadians to a foreign company and
I blame PM Harper for that decision. I also think it is
silly that a country that is 150 years old can't figure our how to
operate a successful coffee and donut shop and as a result every
time you have a coffee or donut there the profits go down to a
private company in Brazil. And there is one more point. Tim
Horton's pretends it is a Canadian company for marketing purposes
and they never admit that they are owned by a company in Brazil.
They use the maple leaf on their products and they market their
brand as a truly Canadian brand when it no longer is.
What is the solution? I
don't think that there is one. Tim Horton's is the only restaurant
of it's type in Canada and that's where millions of Canadians go
every week. I would love to say go to a Canadian owned restaurant
but in fact there is no competitive Canadian owned restaurant
chain to go to and because of the high costs of business in Canada
and the huge amounts of money the three levels of government
charge for taxes and fees for services and their rules and
regulations business must follow -the chances of a new Canadian
owned restaurant in the future are just about zero. If you can, go
to a locally owned Canadian restaurant.
Anyway I was not sure why my
website was banned at Tim Horton's free wi fi so this page
describes what it really is how it got there and the fact that it
is not really a Canadian restaurant any more. Poor Tim
Horton - he was a fabulous hockey player one of the best ever and
had he not been drinking and driving he would still be here today.
Wikipedia has an interesting story about Tim and how his wife was
offered a relatively small amount for his share of the company
after his death. Very sad. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Horton.
I really wish that Tim
Horton's was still a true Canadian business with family members
still participating and the name of a Canadian hockey hero still
making all Canadians proud of him. Instead we have a foreign
privately owned company pretending that their company is Canadian
as they suck out all the profits and reduce staffing levels and
increase expenses to Franchise owners and that is what we call in
Canada - Bullshit. We have thousands of hard working. friendly
Canadians working for this company and it is a shame that the
business is going in this direction. The Franchise owners are also
excellent workers and managers and they do a great job too.
If like me you have concerns
about the amount of foreign ownership being allowed in Canada and the terrible
loss of wealth it generates then please write
of Parliament, Premiers and
Prime Minister. If
enough people complain then our government officials will change
the rules and the problem will be reversed. If nothing is done
then Canada will be owned by other countries. And the wealth
Canada generates will be sucked out into their bank
accounts. I often use the example of Norway which has sold
less petroleum products than Canada but which has over 1.2
trillion dollars in savings for future generations. Canada on the
other hand has had it's wealth sucked away by foreign interests
and we have over a 1.3 trillion dollar federal and provincial debt
as a result and the highest personal debt in our history.
And guess what? Interest rates are increasing!