Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Canadians and Taxes

According to the Fraser Institute taxes ate up 41.7 per cent of the average family's income in 2009.  This is more two-fifths of their total income spent on taxes.  This is up from 1981 when taxes accounted for 40.8 per cent of a family's income.  On the surface a 0.24 per cent increase from 1981 in taxes does not seem like a significant amount of money but lets look at this increase from a Canadian perspective.

Americans are paying about 5 percent less of their total income to taxes.  The American cost of living is lower so combined with lower taxation their pay cheque goes a lot further than a Canadian pay cheque.  Apparently according to Statistics Canada when comparing the two countries is the poor in Canada have more purchasing power that the poor in the US.  Once you earn $60,000 there is a definite tax advantage to living in the USA depending on the state.

The rising cost of living through inflation has resulted in many Canadians no longer being able to afford the basic necessities of life.  We basically are being taxed to pay the high salaries of politicians hell bend on getting whatever tax grab they can.  The reality of the situation is heavily taxed, recession weary Canadians seeing ever more budget cuts are seeing less output for their tax dollars.  In short many Canadians feel we are getting little bang for the buck.  And just as Canadians are doing their best to pull themselves up out of the recession our greedy politicians are hitting us with more taxes. 


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