Don’t expect to see Senator Sherrod Brown eating a Whopper anytime soon, as long as Burger King goes ahead with its plans to acquire Tim Horton’s and register as a Canadian firm for tax purposes.
In a statement issued by his office, the Ohio Democrat declared, “Burger King’s decision to abandon the United States means consumers should turn to Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers or White Castle sliders. Burger King has always said ‘Have it Your Way’; well my way is to support two Ohio companies that haven’t abandoned their country or customers.”
To prevent future corporate “inversions, whereby a corporation shifts profits overseas to avoid paying domestic tax rates,” Brown is calling for a reduction of the statutory corporate tax rate and the creation of a “global minimum tax rate” for U.S. companies.
Burger King’s Facebook page has also been flooded with calls to boycott the company should it relocate to Canada. The company is currently based in Miami, Fla.