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Ten year-end facts Canadians need to know

Ten year-end facts Canadians need to know

Postby Blast » Dec 27th, 2017, 3:13 pm

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Ten year-end facts Canadians need to know - 21 Dec 17

As we end 2017, here are 10 year-end facts Canadians should understand and consider as we enter 2018:

• The total tax bill for the average Canadian family will exceed $35,000 in 2017, or 42.5 per cent of their income—more than what the average family spends on housing, food and clothing combined.

• While the federal government has claimed it “cut taxes for middle-class Canadians everywhere,” the reality is that 81 per cent of middle-class families in Canada are paying higher federal income taxes under the government’s personal income tax changes—on average, $840 more a year.

• More than 60 per cent of lower-income families (those in the bottom 20 per cent of earners) in Canada now pay higher federal income taxes because of the federal government’s tax changes.

• And that does not include the impact of the federal carbon tax mandate, the coming CPP payroll tax increase, the lowering of tax-free savings account contribution limits, or the proposed changes to the tax treatment of incorporated small businesses.

• Canada’s high and increasing personal income tax rates on its best and brightest workers have made the country uncompetitive compared to other developed countries. The federal government increased the top federal tax rate to 33 per cent from 29 per cent, and increases to top provincial rates have been made in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and other provinces. Seven of our 10 provinces now have a top combined federal-provincial rate above 50 per cent.

• The top 20 per cent of income-earners in Canada—families with an annual income greater than $186,875— will pay 64 percent of all personal income taxes and 56 percent of all taxes (i.e. income, payroll taxes, sales taxes and property taxes, etc.).

• As if this isn’t enough, the federal government has failed to achieve its election promise to run $10 billion deficits in its first two years and thereafter balance the budget. Instead, since coming into office, it has run deficits of $18 billion in 2016 and $20 billion this year, additional deficits of almost $80 billion are forecast over the next five years. There’s no immediate plan to balance the budget.

• Large annual deficits mean government debt in Canada is ballooning. Federal net debt increased to $727 billion in 2016-17 with provincial net debt collectively at $633 billion. All told, federal and provincial debt currently stands at $1.4 trillion and has increased by more than 60 per cent in the past decade.

• Prime Minister Trudeau is on track to increase per-person federal debt more than any other prime minister in Canadian history who didn’t face a world war or economic recession.

• The federal government has claimed deficit spending will help grow the economy through expenditures such as the promised $100 billion in infrastructure investment over the next 10 years. But only $6.6 billion of that will be spent in 2017 (only about a third of the $20 billion deficit), and less than 11 per cent of the $100 billion will be spent on projects that have the potential to strengthen the economy.

As we close off 2017 and look forward to 2018, let’s hope we see a refocus on policies that will actually improve the economy and lives of Canadians.

Authors: Niels Veldhuis, Charles Lammam, Milagros Palacios
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Re: Ten year-end facts Canadians need to know

Postby Catsumi » Dec 27th, 2017, 7:58 pm

JT: spends like there is no tomorrow and taxes unto infinity.

From riches to rags.
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Re: Ten year-end facts Canadians need to know

Postby d0nb » Dec 27th, 2017, 8:10 pm

Well, that's certainly a downer, but since it comes from eggheads at the Frazer Institute, we can feel free to just ignore it and go listen to Oliver, Colbert, Kimmel, Handler and their ilk say stupid, hateful things about their President. Way more fun. :crazy:
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Re: Ten year-end facts Canadians need to know

Postby Verum » Dec 29th, 2017, 8:02 pm

d0nb wrote:Well, that's certainly a downer, but since it comes from eggheads at the Frazer Institute, we can feel free to just ignore it and go listen to Oliver, Colbert, Kimmel, Handler and their ilk say stupid, hateful things about their President. Way more fun. :crazy:

While it is true that comedians Oliver, Colbert and Kimmel say funny insightful things about their president, I don't see what that has to do with these facts. Sounds like some whataboutery by someone bitter over the fact that it's so easy to poke fun at Trump.

Unfortunately, the Fraser Institute has a history of these kind of alarmist and context free statements. Yes, the average Canadian household is paying a lot in taxes, even relative to its earnings, but this is true of basically all developed countries. Others claim that Canadians are among the least-taxed people in the developed world:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/06/04/taxes-canada_n_16950242.html

The fact that the Fraser Institute felt it unnecessary to give context, or balance to their list is indicative of a political agenda, rather than an academic one. As such, this kind of list just discredits them and makes them look no more insightful than a typical Trump tweet. Okay, I joke, they're nowhere near that bad, but honestly, they make it hard to take them seriously.
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Re: Ten year-end facts Canadians need to know

Postby bob vernon » Dec 29th, 2017, 9:34 pm

Fraser Institute comments on Harper government: wise and prudent financial management.

Fraser Institute comments on Trudeau government: we're going to hell.

Zero credibility.
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