South Stormont ON – I have become inutterably tired of the complaints about taxes at the provincial level of government. So few of the complainants appear worried about the massive tax waste occurring at the federal level yet taxes are taxes no matter who levies them. More importantly we have to see when and how we benefit from our taxes. I am a senior citizen on a fixed income after losing my life savings defending my name in a law suit brought about by the RCMP. That I won the case is of little solace when compared to the financial cost.
Despite my own awareness of having to live close to the bone, so to speak, I do recognize that in a democracy taxes are all important. Without taxes we would have none of the services we take for granted as our lives pass through one day into another. There would be no good road systems; no hospitals or medical services, no snow ploughing in the winter months, no police services and anarchy would reign. Then the complainers would be out in force.
A classic example of the complaining demonstrates how little the complainers understand. The HST on our electricty bills is a major irritant because of ignorance. The HST on our electricity bills is not just for the electrical power we consume. The HST taxes go into the general revenue fund that is applied to all the taxation needs our society requires.
It matters not the political stripe of the government since all governments require sufficient funds to make the system work. In fact, it should be noted that the opposition parties to the present Ontario government, whilst complaining about the HST, HAVE NOT UNDERTAKEN TO REMOVE IT if they are called upon to replace this government.
Please stop the whining and get on with enjoying the beautiful life our Canadian democracy provides. There is truly a silver lining behind every cloud and that is what we should be looking for. Above all, we must remember that our democracy demands sound opposition parties if it is to remain viable. It is because we do have sound opposition parties that we can be sure this province is on a sound footing.
John E. Milnes – South Stormont
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