A report to sweeten your tax burden. Or so they say.
It's tax time and a Canadian think tank argues Canadians get a real bargain. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has issued a new report - "Canada's Quiet Bargain" - saying Canadian households enjoy a "higher quality of life" because of public services funded through taxation. In a response to what the CCPA calls "incessant calls for tax cuts," the report concludes public services make a significant contribution to the standard of living of most Canadians - worth at least 50 percent of their incomes.
"Our taxes pay for services that are extremely valuable to Canadians," says economist Hugh Mackenzie, the report's co-author and CCPA research associate. "The suggestion we often hear, that taxes a a burden, hides the reality that our taxes fund public services that make Canada's standard of living among the very best."
The report breaks down tax benefits by income. It's worth a look.
I suppose the idea is to smile as you send your tax dollars to Ottawa.
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Speaking of taxes, Liberal Leader MIchael Ignatieff is already talking about raising them if elected PM (read down in linked story). And the Conservative government is already blasting the idea (see below).