I see Bell Canada has a new campaign to bring awareness to the issue of mental health promising to donate five cents for every tweet using their #BellLetsTalk hashtag. While this is a vital conversation and I suppose Bell could be commended for this initiative I cannot go there.
You see as one of Canada's largest corporations and one that benefited mightily from years of state sanctioned monopoly, Bell is one of the largest recipients of public largesse in the form of corporate tax cuts. Tax cuts that have destroyed our capacity to address the issue of mental health and many other important issues facing Canadians.
Tax cuts that have lead to large deficits at every level of government serving as the pretext for cuts to the very services so vital to those suffering from mental health issues. Tax cuts that are part of a neoliberal agenda that has seen many lose their jobs and many many more fall deeply into debt, situations that in fact lead to mental health issues.
So excuse me if I find myself unimpressed and not taking part in this corporate whitewashing exercise even though I care deeply about this issue having lived with a father who suffered from mental illness.