New fee a grave issue for readers
THE province has had discussions with the Manitoba Funeral Services Association about charging funeral homes a new service fee that would be used to fund an inspector. Readers came alive with opinions on the plan.
Unbelievable just how accurate George Harrison was when he wrote Taxman almost 50 years ago. Sickening really.
Only in Manitoba. Thank you Greg Selinger and the rest of your NDP spendthrifts. Now, not only do you get taxed to death by the NDP, you get taxed after death also. And quality of life just dropped another notch as the taxpayer has to carry the burden of another over paid, under producing inspector/ bureaucrat on the govt feed trough.
— Sack Mack
I can see the people getting excited about this fee but realistically where are the funds for this inspection service suppose to come from.
The speNDP should be looking for ways of reducing the deficit by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of services and thereby reducing costs.
Instead, the NDP busy themselves thinking up new ways of taxing us.
Next they will reactivate an idea they floated many years ago - I think it was in the 70’ s — it created howls of disbelief at the time. They actually considered imposing a tax on beer and spirits being served to airline passengers while their aircraft traversed Manitoba airspace.
Pay more taxes? Over my dead body!!...... er... nevermind...
Besides the idiocy of a death tax, the cost of $ 2000 to open and close a grave site seems excessively large.
I have always believed that funeral homes charge way, way too much money. To me, they take advantage of the emotions of grieving families. People are very vulnerable when someone dearly loved passes. Funeral home operators take advantage of those mourning.
THAT’S IT!!! I am NOT dying. Try to collect your new tax on me now you trough hoggin’ politicians.
— Larry Bud Melman
I firmly believe the funeral business should be watched. Over the past 6 years, I have arranged 4 funerals for family with the most recent last month. The funeral homes always take advantage of grieving families and add thousands of dollars of needless items to the event. Since funerals happen in a few days or weeks of the death, everyone is in shock and upset. These homes add so many unneeded items to jack up the cost and if you say no, they belittle you and imply that you don’t care about your loved one.
We don’t need an inspector to tell us if a funeral services provider provided a cheaper casket than was paid for or is over charging - we see that for ourselves. Mr. Selinger, we need less, not more, civil servants being paid more than they would in similar jobs in the private sector.