Taxes on top of taxes

The Compass - - OPINION -

Here’s a sur­prise. The Cana­dian Tax­pay­ers Fed­er­a­tion says con­sumers are be­ing gouged on gaso­line.

But it’s not big oil com­pa­nies who are stick­ing it to us, they claim ... it’s our own gov­ern­ments!

The fed­er­a­tion claims that taxes in this prov­ince add up to an ex­tra $26 ev­ery time we fill our tanks.

The group claims 32 per cent of the cost of gaso­line at the pump are taxes, and they have started a cam­paign to get some­thing done about it. Good luck with that. Gov­ern­ments stuff that money into their trea­suries and de­cide how to spend it rather than leav­ing it in the pock­ets of work­ing Cana­di­ans.

There has been an on­go­ing de­bate in this prov­ince, and politi­cians al­ways push back and say they need the taxes to keep the prov­ince go­ing.

As the fed­er­a­tion also points out, gov­ern­ments charge taxes on taxes when they cal­cu­late how much they will be pick­ing from your wallet.

This is an es­pe­cially ir­ri­tat­ing time to be read­ing th­ese statis­tics.

We have been weeks watch­ing the row in Ot­tawa over how much our ap­pointed Se­na­tors have been mis­spending to keep up their lav­ish life­styles.

While we or­di­nary folks scrape by, our fed­eral govern­ment is rak­ing in taxes on gaso­line and hand­ing it over to ap­pointees to col­lect at will. What a sys­tem.

The fed­er­a­tion should now look into how much gov­ern­ments are col­lect­ing in taxes on heat­ing fuel. How much are they mak­ing in taxes from peo­ple who are try­ing to heat their homes in the dead of win­ter?

New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans can do some­thing to cut the amount of money we spend on gaso­line to run our ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­ized toys, but heat­ing our homes in this north­ern cli­mate leaves no choice in the mat­ter.

— Reprinted from The Ge­or­gian

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