Are you serious?

As I went for a jog last night, I noticed where they have removed a set of train tracks, to make room for a walking trail. This will be nice, I guess the tracks are trainless now… a sign of progress? As our nation stops manufacturing? Global economy, is it a good thing?

From the Globe & Mail:

“The average Canadian family now spends more money on taxes than on food, clothing and shelter, according to a report by the Fraser Institute.

“With growth in the total tax bill outpacing the cost of basic necessities, taxes now eat up more family income, so families have less money available to spend, save or pay down household debt,” said Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute, in a statement.

The report from the Vancouver-based think tank found that last year, the average Canadian family spent 42.1 per cent of its income on taxes and 36.6 per cent on basic necessities. The average family in that year made $79,010 and paid $33,272 in total taxes while spending just $28,887 on food, clothing and shelter combined.

The institute tracks the numbers through its Canadian Consumer Tax Index, which tracks the total tax bill of the average Canadian family from 1961 to 2014. Taxes tracked include income, payroll, sales, property, health, fuel and alcohol.

Since 1961, the average Canadian family’s total tax bill increased by 1,886 per cent, outpacing increases in food, clothing and shelter, according to the index.”


I take great distaste with politicians that just say we will raise taxes to pay for this…. or that. It never seems to end. 2% here 11% there, so they can paint their office, tear down a power plant… uhm to get votes, and pay incredible amounts of money to do so…. to people they know? hmmmm I best not go there, of course I could hire someone (a friend) to come in and wipe my computer, and pay them amazing amounts of money (like beyond comprehension amounts) to do so, then bill the tax payers? why not? When government does this, does it not set allowable precedent?  

When money is spent on such silly wasteful things, and when they are confronted and spend more money to hide what they do, then raise taxes…. and this is not something that is just starting, this mindset. How does this change? We could launch a study.. I have a friend that can do it for a few million…. we will just raise taxes to cover the expense. 

Where will it stop? If we now pay more on taxes than living expenses?

When we pay 100% in taxes, will it stop then?

I seriously doubt it. 

 There is another election approaching, we will hear a lot of promises. Almost all of them will cost more money though, so guess what?



About sensuousamberville

I am a Practitioner, teacher and student. I think we should always be students, we should keep our minds open, to continue to learn. :-) Now a mother of two little ones.

7 responses »

  1. Welcome to the wonderful world of being a taxpayer Amber. Though, i must say that my sense is that your overall tax bill is a bit higher than what it would be with comparable income in the USA.

    For the taxpayers such as yourself, the big question is whether you feel the benefit of what you pay in income, sales, property, payroll, real estate, personal property and other taxes is worth what you pay. In other words, is the benefit commensurate with the rate of total taxation?

    My experience is that if *local* taxes are higher as a proportion of the total taxes that you pay relative to what goes to the national coffers (Ottawa?) and then are reapportioned back to the various provinces, territories and municipalities, the better. Countries where the *local* taxes are more significant tend to be more efficient and have less crony capitalism relative to countries where tax dollars are swallowed up by massive bureaucracies and then reapportioned back to the various provinces and the like.

    At any rate, I do enjoy when you go on a rant now and again. *s*

  2. Cronism happens in any government I think. That is a lot on taxes. Yet, so many of my friends would rather have a Canadian system of Healthcare than what we have here…which is…I could go on and on. Why can politicians not be responsible and held accountable for their spending? Especially when it is frivolous? ? I am sorry to hear it but hope you boot the morons and keep the good ones…if there is such a thing in politics.

  3. The UK is a very similar state. As you know, we pay through the nose for public services, such as the NHS health services, which in my opinion, is a very badly managed institute. They want an extra 8bn per year, but if they cut back their wastage, they might only need half that amount. The NHS seem to employ agency nurses and doctors rather than pay by contract. They claim it saves money….mmmm… However, one agency doctor in the news recently, earned over £250,000 in under a year, just by doing agency work…ggggrrr


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