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Tampa,FL, Feb 22 (Canadian-Media): A week after a shooter killed 17 people in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, thousands of protesters, including many angry teenagers swarmed the Florida Capitol on Wednesday calling for changes to gun laws, and improved care for the mentally ill, media reports said.
Among the students that gathered in Florida Statehouse there were reportedly more than 100 survivors of the Feb. 14 attack who burst into lawmakers’ offices holding signs and chanting slogans and demandied to be heard.
Many protesters reportedly complained that lawmakers were not serious about reform, and they said they would oppose in future elections any legislator who accepts campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.
According to official reports, a larger protest is being planned for Washington DC on 24 March.
Paul N Blake, Journalist for BBC World in North America had tweeted as follows:.
'And they’re off. 100 students from Parkland, Florida are headed to Tallahassee (state capital) to demand action on gun control and mental health. It’s a 7 hour journey, and several I’ve spoken to have never been to the capital, much less met their lawmakers.'
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday had reportedly called for a ban on rapid-fire "bump stock" devices.
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Hundreds of teenagers from the Washington DC suburbs rallied outside at the time, some voicing support for arming teachers.
Trump listened to pleas for gun reform on Wednesday from about 40 students, teachers and families in the executive mansion's state dining room.
Teachers carrying a concealed gun could end attacks "very quickly", Trump was reported to state..
"It's not going to be talk like it's been in the past," he said.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died in last week's attack was reported to say "We, as a country, failed our children."
"It should've been one school shooting and we should've fixed it. And I'm pissed. It's my daughter I'm not going to see again," he went on to say.
At his White House event, Trump promised to look "very strongly" at calls for educators to be armed with guns.
"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms," Trump said, "they could very well end the attack very quickly."
"Where a teacher would have a concealed gun on them," he said, while acknowledging the plan was controversial, "they would go for special training and they would be there, and you would no longer have a gun-free zone.
Throughout his presidential campaign he endorsed the idea of an armed citizenry as a defense against attacks.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Washington, Feb 14 (Canadian-Media): This week's report by analysts from both Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) highlighted that U.S. recent tax reform package has caused Canadian businesses to lose their competitive advantage to their U.S. peers, media reports said.
"With a revitalized tax code, CEOs have another reason to locate in, or worse yet, relocate to the US," Ian de Verteuil of CIBC was reported to state.
It was also pointed out by strategists at CIBC that a lower tax rate in the U.S. could negatively impact Canada's economy by making U.S. peers more competitive on mergers and acquisitions.
U.S. tax reform bill worth $1.5-trillion, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), had reduced the U.S. corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent - the biggest change to the U.S. tax code in over 30 years and other business owners get a 20 percent deduction on business income.
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U.S. reportedly had one of the highest business tax rates among G7 countries, prior to this law, which had not declined over the past 20 years.
Canada, on the other hand, had one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the group and rates had been declining consistently for several years.
"For Canadian companies, the focus has so far been on companies that win from the lower overall level – because they have large U.S. operations and were accruing taxes at a higher rate," Verteuil was reported to state.
Derek Burleton, economist at TD reportedly said that present circumstances has necessitated Canadian government to take action in the upcoming budget.
"We do not believe that a tit-for-tat reduction in tax rates is necessary to guard against these risks, since taxes form only one part of the competitiveness equation," Burleton was reported to state.
"Maintaining longer term fiscal sustainability, increasing the efficiency of tax systems through revenue-neutral tax reforms and well-thought-out investment in human capital and skills training can achieve the similar aim of improving competitiveness," he added.
Bill Morneau, Canada's Finance Minister would reportedly meet with leading economists in Toronto on Friday for a pre-budget consultation.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)