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Peace Order and Good Government Is Not Cheap Unless You Live in Alberta An Analysis of Provincial Taxation It would be quite a quite a fascinating project to skim through the pages of history noting all the provincial politicians who have been awarded a term in public office thanks mostly in part their promise of lower taxes Doubly fascinating would be examining the legacy of said politicians realizing that very few of them won their battle against the behemoth that is taxation let alone the war Whether it be naivet dishonesty or just plain stupidity politicians in Canada seem to enjoy advocating the notion of lower taxes as a remedy for all their provinces woes however after attempting to act upon such promises all that remains is yet another ringing endorsement for Will Rogers theory that The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesnt get worse every time Congress meets1 Substituting a more Canadian term in lieu of the word Congress Between 1961 and 2003 the tax bill for the average Canadian family has increased by 1550 In 1961 the average Canadian was making 5000 and paying 1675 335 of their income in taxes forty two years later the average Canadian was earning 58 782 and paid taxes totaling 27640 47 of their income2 Even accounting for inflation these figures show that the average Canadian is paying 135 more in taxes then they would have forty two years ago It is important to note that these figures merely present an accounting of the tax burden thrust upon the hypothetical average Canadian Depending on which province a taxpayer lives in the amount of ones income which is delegated towards the payment of taxes can vary by as much as 653 To illustrate two extremes which showcase the contrasts between differing rates of provincial taxation one needs only to be presented with the data from the Fraser Institute study of
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