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more regular basis. They live in camp and work
10 to 12 hours per day for about 14 days, and
then typically get seven days off. Telford makes a
defined point of noting that all UA Canada camps
are dry. Drinking and drugs are strictly prohibited.
One aspect that really annoys Telford is the
way construction workers continue to be taxed.
If, for example, a worker is stationed at a remote
location away from home he first needs to spend
money on hotels and gasoline for transportation
in getting to the job site. Then he has to cover off
the expenses of food and lodging. None of those
expenditures can be written off on a tax return,
even although each is directly correlated to the job.
“Construction workers are denied the tax
breaks travelling salesmen, truck drivers, politi-
cians, business people are entitled to have. I’ve
sat in front of I don’t know how many politicians
and they all agree it’s wrong, and yet nothing ever
“Construction workers are
exempt from the tax incentives
travelling salesmen, truck
drivers, politicians, business
people are entitled to have.
I’ve sat in front of I don’t know
how many politicians and they
all agree it’s wrong, and yet
nothing ever changes.
– John Telford
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