New fee a grave is­sue for read­ers

SundayXtra - - OPINION -

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.

— Gack

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.

— 23702312

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.

— 23610547

Pay more taxes? Over my dead body!!...... er... nev­er­mind...

— fred2

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.

— em­cee51

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.

— 28522179

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.

— 23610547

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