FEATURED COMMENT – The taxes we pay benefit us every day

Taxes pay for a lot of good things, like hauling garbage, writes Grant Fraser. (Image: Mel Rothenburger)

Re: ‘This is tax day and here’s what we get for our money,’ editorial, April 30, 2018:

You also get medical coverage. Those roads you drive on? Paid by taxes. The cops that keep people from looting your house? Taxes. The education system that teaches someone to become a mechanic to fix your car? Taxes. Having the garbage hauled away every week? Taxes.

The taxes you pay directly or indirectly benefit you every day. The part of the taxes that doesn’t benefit you? Interest on debt. We get into debt because some people are deceitful and cut taxes without cutting services. Then when the debt piles up they cry about the debt and say they have to cut spending.

There are people who don’t realize that taxes pay for services and your article makes it sound like most people are getting ripped off. Unless you are one of the 1 percent richest Canadians your taxes are a good bargain.


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