This should not be news to anyone. We pay too much tax and we get far too little value for those tens of billions of dollars. We need tax cuts. We need spending cuts. We need a majority Conservative government
You don’t need a study to tell you that taxes are gobbling up a huge portion of your salary.
Still, the Fraser Institute routinely reminds Canadians of their fiscal pain. In 2009, the think-tank notes, the average family paid 42% of its income — or almost $29,000 — in taxes.
That’s up dramatically from the 33.5% of income the average family paid in 1961 in total taxes (everything from income taxes to levies on tobacco, booze and gas).
Canadians should ask themselves if they’re getting value for all the money they send to government, says Fraser Institute economist Niels Veldhuis.
“We’re not getting value for money,” concludes Veldhuis, citing waste in the public sector as a major factor. “It’s a matter of putting pressure on our politicians to make sure they do one of two things: They either lower our tax bill or they give us better services.”
Government waste is a given. It involves politicians and fat-cat bureaucrats spending our money, after all.
But there’s simply no way, particularly at the federal level, of monitoring how much is being spent and whether that money is being used wisely.