Taxpayers fund gov­ern­ment waste

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

In Tues­day’s Guardian, the Fraser In­sti­tute had a col­umn on tax pay­ing in Canada (“Are you get­ting a good re­turn on your hard-earned money?”).

They ex­plain to us Tax Free­dom Day; the day we fin­ish pay­ing taxes for the year. They also tell us this year it was June 10th. They didn’t tell us it was April 24th in the United States.

Their ques­tion- are we get­ting a good re­turn? I sub­mit the fol­low­ing ex­am­ples:

- Mike Duffy and the rest of the hog-at-the-trough sen­a­tors

- Cab­i­net Min­is­ter Bev Oda and her $16 or­ange juice

- Cana­dian Mint ex­ec­u­tives and their spouses stay­ing at five-star Caribbean re­sorts for ‘con­fer­ences’

- Cab­i­net Min­is­ter Peter MacKay us­ing the search and res­cue he­li­copter and crew for his fish­ing trip in NL

- Tory-ap­pointed bridge com­mis­sion chair Ann Gray and her hus­band spend­ing taxpayers dol­lars all over the world

- Prime Min­is­ter Harper spend­ing over $50 mil­lion on “Ac­tion Plan (pat the Tories on the back)” ads since 2009.

Do we pay too much tax? Damn right.

Think of the ben­e­fits we could add to ed­u­ca­tion, health care and small busi­ness sup­port, among other things, if we could just get these peo­ple out of the candy store.

Lloyd Kerry

Char­lot­te­town

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