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Parenting => Finances => Topic started by: CareDC on April 15, 2009, 03:43:10 PM

Title: Study: Tax-funded public services a great, 'quiet bargain' for Canadians
Post by: CareDC on April 15, 2009, 03:43:10 PM
Canada's average middle-income family would have to spend more than half its paycheque to buy health care, education and the other "free" public services now paid for with tax dollars, a new analysis finds.

The study by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives concludes the services are a terrific bargain yet their value is often glossed over when it comes to discussions around tax cuts.

"For the vast majority of Canada's population, public services are, to put it bluntly, the best deal they are ever going to get," the analysis finds.

"The taxes Canadians pay contribute substantially to their standard of living by providing them with some of the best public services in the world."

The report, called "Canada's Quiet Bargain: The Benefits of Public Spending," comes as a response to those who argue tax levels are too high.

For example, 80 per cent of Canadians would have been better off if the federal government had not cut the GST, according to the research.

"Tax cuts are always made to sound like they're free money to middle-income Canadians," co-author Hugh Mackenzie writes. "They are anything but - we're far better off with the public services our taxes fund than we are with tax cuts."

According to the study, Canadians get an average of $17,000 worth of benefits from their tax-funded public services, which also include such items as pensions, child-care benefits, roads and police services.