Harper Government Keeps Gas Tax High to Fund Arenas? Proposed change to Gas Tax to Allow Funding for Arenas as well as Roads & Infrastructure – February 9, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – So it looks like the Harper government has found a way to say the heck with roads and infrastructure; let’s build Hockey rinks!

Media reports are hitting the waves that a proposed change to the Gas Tax allocation to roads and infrastructure be allowed to include entertainment facilities so that individual regions can make decisions to divert funding to projects like the Arena in Quebec.

So the Harper government get’s to claim that it helped get the arena in Quebec built and also help build arenas across Canada without having to add any extra funding to the pie.

Of course what happens when certain regions make these decisions to fund arenas instead of infrastructure?

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Cities and towns across the country currently share an annual pot of just over $2 billion from the federal gas taxes collected at the pumps.

While municipalities are free to pick their own projects, the federal government stipulates the gas-tax money can only be used for infrastructure such as roads, sewers and water treatment systems.

If Mr. Harper and his government truly want to cut taxes, why not cut the gas taxes that most Canadians are burdened with and let the marketplace decide if a big arena gets billed rather than putting it on the backs of tax payers?

What do you think Canada?  You can post your comments below.

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