Skip to comments.Canadians pay more in taxes than basic necessities
Posted on 04/26/2012 9:17:51 AM PDT by epithermal
For the first time, taxes are taking a bigger chunk out of Canadians' budgets than the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter, a new report from the Fraser Institute says.
The public policy think-tank calculated that over the past 50 years, an average family's total tax bill has increased 1,738%, the report Canadian Consumer Tax Index 2012 said.
Over the same period, the cost of shelter increased by 1,185%, food by 518%, and clothing by 500%.
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What other way are governments supposed to get and use revenue?
I forwarded this to Howie Carr in hopes that he will rub this sand in the eyes of Steve from Montreal.
I don't have any real problem with Steve from Montreal.He's intelligent,articulate,surprising well informed about US politics (I've often wondered why that's the case) and is reasonably civil.It's Josh from Vermont that drives me up a wall.I told Howie that at a recent appearance he made."Keep Steve from Montreal but ditch Josh" I said to him.He didn't make any promises though.
I'd love to know why Steve has such an interest in US politics.Is he a dual citizen...or is he trying to get a Green Card?
All my Canadian Friends buy their beer & ciggs in Alaska, not the Yukon. Case of beer in Alaska is 20 bucks, 40 bucks in Canada; Ciggs over $100/carton. Just for starters.
As a single male, nearly 40% of my paycheque is deducted AT SOURCE. Then, everything I buy is taxed at 12% on top.
Then there are the taxes on alcohol (which compound) to the point that a decent litre of whiskey costs me nearly $35 PLUS that 12%!
A “cheap” pack of cigarettes here is nearly $7 plus that 12%. A “name brand” is closer to $10.
You were saying something about taxes?
As a matter of fact,I was.I can't for the life of me understand why a country like Canada has such high personal taxes.All Canada would have to do is put a small tax on mining/oil companies operating there and they'd be able to fund the government with no problem at all.It works for Alaska;they tax the oil companies and individuals pay very little.
Alberta takes outrageous “royalties” (taxes) from oil companies.
So it's illegal to bring back booze and smokes from the States to Canada?
It’s illegal to bring anything back without declaring it at customs and paying applicable duty. I have seen Canadians put on six layers of new clothes and then tell their customs man “No, sir, nothing to declare, eh?”
That was going to be my next question. I guess there's a lot of nodding and winking going on at the border checkpoints.
p.s.My wife and I visited Alberta last summer, and at the border the American customs guy asked me where we were from. I said Wisconsin. He then asked me if I knew where New London was. I had no idea. He just laughed and waved me on. Later I got the map out, I had to find out if the town existed. It did. Near Green Bay. I've lived my whole life (62 years) in Wisconsin and never heard of the place.