If I wanted something done under the table, I know exactly who to call: the fire department
"What gets my goat is that the government is fully aware of (this) very large underground base."
By Steve Payne
Canadian Contractor reader James Brown posted this on Dec. 5th.
“I am a fully legit contractor, 23 years in business, with all the items required to ply my trade. The government once sent me a letter requesting that I turn in anyone working in the underground economy. All my work is above board and that’s where it will stay. That’s how you stay in business. Thus, I don’t know anybody in the underground economy – but if I wanted something done under the table I know exactly who to call: the fire department. No disrespect intended to firemen doing what they do best. Personally, the side job part of it doesn’t bother me: I am hired for the work I do well and don’t need to compete with handymen. My competition is always with legitimate tradesmen. What gets my goat is that the government is fully aware of the very large underground base in the fire departments and I have never heard of them researching this. I suspect it would not be a popular thing to do politically speaking.”