August 24, 2016

Fraser Institute: Taxes rapidly outpace necessities of life for average Canadian family

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

If you feel like your tax bill has been pinching you a bit more than usual, there might be a reason for that. 

The Fraser Institute has released their annual study which calculates what Canadians pay in taxes versus what they pay for life’s necessities, and it confirms that taxes continue to take a bigger bite out of our incomes than the necessities of life.

Watch as I discuss the report with Ben Eisen, Director of Provincial Prosperity Studies who says no matter how you slice it, there’s been a rapid increase in tax bills and it’s having a big effect on the amount of money Canadians have in their pockets.

Eisen says the purpose of the study is to provide Canadians with the hard numbers so they can make their own determination regarding whether the services they receive for those dollars are worth it.

The first challenge then is to make sure Canadians have an opportunity to hear about the study so share this interview with friends and family.

If you want more information, you can find out more at www.fraserinstitute.org.

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commented 2016-08-25 18:28:02 -0400
Yo penson….it is called income assistance, not income to live off. That is the problem with you and your fellow leftist regressive fucktards, you want others to pay for you to live. To you and your ilk…get a fucking job and not a civil service job, a real job.
commented 2016-08-25 18:08:39 -0400
If Penson is getting $610/Month they’re over paying him. You cold spend that on a rock and get more return on investment.
commented 2016-08-25 12:12:38 -0400
Thank God for Brian Lilley. Even before I read the by-line, the headline tells me it must be a Lilley article. One of the few contributors worth acknowledging.
commented 2016-08-25 09:22:28 -0400
Yes SEAN that is somewhat disgusting, but no problem , we can bring in welfare tourists by the thousands. Most will not be able to get jobs at present, so NO taxes (minimal at best) will be coming from these people. When their hordes of children grow up, POSSIBLY get jobs and start to pay taxes, it will be too late. We will be stuck with a NET LOSS. Maybe if JT and his cohorts THOUGHT things out better there might be a little more money available to Canadians who are already here and need financial help. And don’t give me the “you have no compassion bull shit”. NOW is not the time for this liberal folly, and with Fudd the drunk and junior lying about the whole process, maybe your next vote shouldn’t be going to the globalist leftist plague infecting us now.

Dump JT and the rest
commented 2016-08-25 05:24:30 -0400
Do you realise that you only get $610 a month for income assistance here in BC! How can you live on that?
commented 2016-08-25 00:17:46 -0400
Life here is awful right now. No other way to put it. No work. Taxes climbing. More and more muslims everyday, just waiting to commit violence (some have begun).

If Trump wins I could see him needing to build a northern fence. If Hillary wins there will be nowhere to hide.
commented 2016-08-24 23:12:48 -0400
Why wouldn’t you include taxes as a percentage of income from 1961? If taxes as a percentage of income since 1961 had remained the same, we’d be better off in terms of available income. The social programs and debt has had a cost which is higher taxes. Allowing people to see the difference is so they can judge for themselves if they are receiving value for money. This is what Ben Eisen of the Fraser Institute said at 3:51.

But even in 1969, taxes as a percentage of income were below 40% as compared to between 40 and 45% in 2015.
commented 2016-08-24 22:47:16 -0400
The Middle class worker hasn’t has a meaningful raise in 20 years that leave’s them with more to spend of a paycheck. Most of what eats up a raise is inflation and tax increases – we actually make less than we dis 15 yrs ago for the same work.
commented 2016-08-24 22:40:53 -0400
“Payed 26 cents on a $2 bag of cheese corn,told it was a luxury tax.Wow didn’t know I was eating that good.There is a lot that you don’t realize that you pay. "

It’s HST. Prepared foods have always been charged tax.

“Andrew Stephenson, your comments go counter to all studies on the subject. Just consider these items; government employees at all levels have grown disproportionately to population growth. Consider the last time you saw a tax decrease on items. Consider property values are going up in most places and the mill rate on these values are also increasing. I’m not of the opinion that it is a party related thing as taxes have been on a steady climb through the decades. "

Part of it’s the way the Fraser Institute calculates these numbers. There’s been a very strong decline in corporate taxes, which are included in the percentage total. They’ve been paying for government growth out of debt, which is why many provinces have such tenacious deficits.

Mill rates usually decline as assessments grow, such that total revenue remains the same. The percent-increase the district votes upon is on top of that net-zero level.
commented 2016-08-24 22:24:13 -0400
" Taxes as a percentage of income are clearly higher now than when they were in 1961. In 1961 they were between 30 and 35%. In 2015 they were between 40 and 45% "

IT’s a bit of a disingenuous baseline, as many of our social programs are the product of the latter half of that decade, and not meaningful to most Canadians who did not experience that era. Yes, taxes are higher than 1961, but the hikes mostly occurred in the next fifteen years, whereas they would even out, climbing slowly and unevenly for another couple decades, peaking, then declining somewhat to current levels. In the eyes of most Canadians, they’ve always paid taxes roughly at present levels; the people hitting retirement now entered the workforce in the 70s after those big hikes occurred. The median Canadian, who is around 40, entered the workforce in the mid-late 90s and has seen only tax cuts.
commented 2016-08-24 20:33:56 -0400
And REGAN JONNY , the complicit MSMERS better watch their backs too !!
commented 2016-08-24 19:50:48 -0400
No Andrew Stephenson, you’re wrong.

1) Brian Lilley clearly implied that this was not a new occurrence when he stated that, “taxes continue to take a bigger bite out of our incomes than the necessities of life.”

2) Figure 4 on p.8 of the report does not show that taxes as a percentage of income are, “flat to somewhat decreasing” from 1961 to 2015. Taxes as a percentage of income are clearly higher now than when they were in 1961. In 1961 they were between 30 and 35%. In 2015 they were between 40 and 45%
commented 2016-08-24 18:07:17 -0400
And as we go broke it will only get worse.
commented 2016-08-24 18:06:35 -0400
And as we go broke it ill only get worse.
commented 2016-08-24 16:53:57 -0400
Despite Trudope’s “concern” about the “middle class” mouthed during the election campaign, nothing will change with this government! PET’s finance minister Marc Lalonde stood up in the HOC on day and declared the Lieberals considered any monies earned by working Canadians belonged to them, not the person earning the money! We see a continuation of that philosophy now with the entitled spending by the Lieberals now!
commented 2016-08-24 16:35:47 -0400
Love the ads.Brought to you by the government of Canada or Gontario.No brought to you by the tax payers of Canada or Gontario.All the money is our tax dollars period.
Payed 26 cents on a $2 bag of cheese corn,told it was a luxury tax.Wow didn’t know I was eating that good.There is a lot that you don’t realize that you pay.
commented 2016-08-24 13:56:38 -0400
Come On Andrew DO you Like paying Taxes ? DO you like going to work and giving over half you’re money to the government for them to literally waste . I don’t think people are whining I think people are fed up with these incompetent self privileged morons that we keep electing , You have to agree .
commented 2016-08-24 12:56:45 -0400
Well Jim Norwood Sharia Law hasn’t developed to any degree in Canada (YET) , but SHARE_IA Law seems to have taken hold when it comes to sharing the little wealth most Canadians have after our so called government of the people for the people takes every spare dime we have in the form of fees and taxes.
Obama and Hillary and their ill advised or calculated foreign policy created this refugee crisis and we all are paying for it.
Don’t understand or take notice of American politics folks?? You had better start. Because all this mess as well as the fiasco of global warming are fast turning us into serfs .
commented 2016-08-24 11:38:06 -0400
Andrew Stephenson, your comments go counter to all studies on the subject. Just consider these items; government employees at all levels have grown disproportionately to population growth. Consider the last time you saw a tax decrease on items. Consider property values are going up in most places and the mill rate on these values are also increasing. I’m not of the opinion that it is a party related thing as taxes have been on a steady climb through the decades.
commented 2016-08-24 11:09:46 -0400
Canada gets this shit every time we get a have a shit head P.M.from Que.
commented 2016-08-24 10:45:19 -0400
Got this in my e-mail:

Good Job Trudeau, what a piece of crap.

A recent Syrian family arrived in Canada as a government sponsored refugee family of 11 children between the

ages of 1 and 16. They are immediately entitled to the Canada Child Tax Benefit which amounts to $5400 annually

for each child age 6-17 and $6400 annually for each child age 0 – 5. Therefore, the family will automatically receive

approximately $60,000 tax free per year which is $5,000 per month. This family is living very comfortable in

Mississauga without having to work. They are also entitled to HST and Ontario tax credits as well free dental and

health care. Furthermore, they never contributed one cent to ‎Canada and most never will.

According to the news media many more refugee families (Middle East, Somalia, Lebanon) with 10 or more children

have arrived in Canada in the last 8 months settling in other parts of Canada such as Winnipeg, ‎Edmonton,

Whitehorse, etc. What is interesting that most of the refugee families have 7 – 10 children.

We the Canadian taxpayer have to pay for all of this through our taxes. This is why the majority of politicians who

have never had meaningful work, think it quite OK to give freely with our taxpayer dollars. When are the Canadian

Tax payers going to wake up? I hope before it is too late as our debt level keeps climbing.
commented 2016-08-24 10:27:33 -0400
REGAN JONNY pretty much sums it up. Rachael and her coven will have to scatter like a flock of hungarian partridge with a good hunting dog on their tails. The destruction they leave will be bad, but the NDP will be swept under the rug for a long time afterwards, hopefully forever. Maybe we can run most of them and their cronies right out of the province.

PETER N: How are things in Sask? I hope we can eliminate the NDP scourge in Alberta so that if you ever wanted to return you could without fear of such a destructive group of ideologues in power.

I’m with Regan on the under the table dealings now as well. The leftist politicians are creating this problem with outrageous taxes, they just encourage us to cheat. And even if couples want to have kids, unless you are a politician or bureaucrat how could you afford it? If the Dippers get their way with the school curriculum, you wouldn’t want your kids in the public school system anyway, another thing to consider.

DJBT,the cow and the 2???
commented 2016-08-24 09:58:00 -0400
If you look at the actual report,

https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/canadian-consumer-tax-index-2016.pdf

On P.8 there is a graph that tells you that is really going on. Yes, taxes are higher than “necessities of life”. However… First, this has been the case since 1981 and is not a ’new" situation despite the news release titles implying it is. Second … taxes are clearly flat to somewhat decreasing as a proportion of income, the fact that you now pay more taxes than on “essentials”, is because the cost of essentials has dropped sharply up to about 2000, which is when the gap between taxes and essentials peaked. Since then taxes have declined and essentials have climbed somewhat.

I suggest the people here, whining about taxes, actually look at the report. It doesn’t say what you think it does.
commented 2016-08-24 09:48:07 -0400
I do think the shit will hit the fan in alberta, the NDP will have to hide behind a wall of security which they pretty much already are. The cost for there safety (NDP) is going up 100 % at least. To many are losing everything. They seem to think it is all a joke the (NDP) doubt they will be laughing much in the future. Something bad is going to happen. People lose there house, jobs family after a bit do not give a shit and they lash out. The staggering incompetence shown by the NDP is unbelievable. Only a matter of time folks. The job situation is way worse than is reported no amount of idiot public servants is going to help them. It just adds to the problem. The school fees LIE IS JUST ANOTHER IN A LONG LINE OF STRAWS PILED ON OUR BACKS, NEXT UP THE CARBON TAX ON EVERYTHING WHICH INCREASES PRICES ON EVERYTHING. OUR BACKS WILL BE BROKEN BY THE STRAWS THE NDP PILES ON, THEY (NDP)WILL NOT LIKE THE RESULTS
commented 2016-08-24 09:29:13 -0400
All these taxes that all the myriad of levels of government imposed on Canadians is all based upon the greed of the left to line their pockets with our money all under the lie of “helping all people”.

And socialist always accuse capitalists of greed. Yes, capitalists are, but at least the capitalists create jobs and contribute heavily to the economic and economic prosperity for all while they are being greedy. All socialists/left do is satiate their greed by stealing it from the makers.
commented 2016-08-24 09:13:23 -0400
Financial rapists (trudeau, notley, wynne, fat fuck running quebec) + stupid Canadians that choose these vermin = bankruptcy.

None of this should come as a surprise…well except for stupid Canadians who are too stupid to realize the impact of their choices.
commented 2016-08-24 09:09:57 -0400
Yet gov at all levels are way to STUPID AND HAVE TO WONDER WHY CANADIANS DONT HAVE MORE KIDS. You take all our money you incompetent fools what did you think would happen. now a carbon tax to increase the cost of everything on top of all the bullshit taxes they dream up. I will use the underground economy as much as I can. It will be my mission to screw them out of every penny possible because this is only the start of liberal and ndp taxes and lies