Taxes on top of taxes
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