School tax a move to ex­pro­pri­a­tion

Vancouver Sun - - OPINION -

The B.C. NDP’s school tax high­lights a glar­ing flaw in the con­sti­tu­tion: There is no pro­tec­tion against the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of Cana­di­ans’ pos­ses­sions. The NDP- Green coali­tion is mov­ing to ex­pro­pri­ate the pri­vate prop­erty of or­di­nary cit­i­zens with the so-called school tax.

The tax should be a wakeup call to all Cana­di­ans. The be­lief that one can own some­thing as sim­ple as a cell­phone or a wed­ding ring is an il­lu­sion. Pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als own as­sets only at the plea­sure of gov­ern­ment.

If the lack of prop­erty rights in Canada con­cerns Cana­di­ans, it would be ap­pro­pri­ate to write to the prime minister, MPs and MLAs and, par­tic­u­larly, to Premier John Hor­gan to ex­press con­cern about B.C.’s se­lec­tive as­set tax, the first such tax ever im­posed in North Amer­ica.

In the mean­time, all as­sets Cana­di­ans think they own, in­clud­ing homes, sav­ings ac­counts, RSPs, life-in­sur­ance poli­cies, in­vest­ment ac­counts and per­sonal items are all sub­ject to po­ten­tial pil­lag­ing by gov­ern­ments that are in­creas­ingly des­per­ate and greedy.

Ric Pow, Van­cou­ver

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