Open Letter to Pissed Off Canadians (please repost widely)

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    Sep 28, 2010 6:28 PM GMT
    My brother sent me this today.

    I do not know if he wrote the part on the end, but it does describe the life he has lived.


    The following email is making the rounds on the internet - supposedly to get a reaction from Canadians. This may well reflect the attitude of some, however my response to this attitude is at the end...




    COME ON CANADA - GET PISSED OFF !!!

    The Inheritance Tax
    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Airline Surcharge Tax
    Airline Fuel Tax
    Airport Maintenance Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Death Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Driving Permit Tax
    Environmental Tax (Fee)
    Excise Taxes
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment (UI)
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Gasoline Tax (too much per litre)
    Gross Receipts Tax
    Health Tax
    Hunting License Tax
    Hydro Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Interest Tax
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Taxes
    Marriage License Tax
    Medicare Tax
    Mortgage Tax
    Personal Income Tax
    Property Tax
    Poverty Tax
    Prescription Drug Tax
    Provincial Income and Sales Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Recreational Vehicle Tax
    Retail Sales Tax
    Service Charge Tax
    School Tax
    Telephone Federal Tax
    Telephone Federal, Provincial and Local Surcharge Taxes
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Water Tax
    Watercraft Registration Tax
    Well Permit Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax
    ...and in 2010 - the HST!!!!!!!!

    STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?


    Not one of these taxes existed 60 years ago, & our nation was one of the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had a large middle class, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids..

    What in "Hell" happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

    I hope this goes around CANADA at least 100 times. YOU can help it get there.
    GO AHEAD - - - be a CANADIAN







    An Open Letter to Pissed Off Canadians:

    I can understand your frustration and resentment of this long list of "taxes". The situation is certainly not funny, but please consider my experience as someone who has lived in 10 other countries and who has experienced life in another 35 countries. I am frequently asked, "Of all the places you have been, which is the best?" And everyone is surprised when I say that after living 30 years abroad, I have realized that no place beats living in Canada...at ANY price!


    I am a proud Canadian who finds it extremely difficult to get pissed off about living here. If you want to "Be a Canadian", understand that it comes with a price. Our legacy as a leader in human rights includes many thousands of refugees and immigrants who are willing to pay that price to escape the hell of their home countries. And as we all know, there is a lot of hell out there. Just ask any one of our soldiers in Afghanistan or any one who has friends in Haiti.


    Sixty years ago, the population of Canada was only 14 million. Today it is 34 million. That is much more than double - and that didn't happen because those 14 million people produced 20 million babies. It happened because millions of people came to these shores to have a better life - a life which every human-being has a right to have.


    For me, to be a Canadian is to fully appreciate the country that we have built. And aside from natural resources, this country's greatest resource is its people. And with these people of many cultures and ethnicities, we have built a country which is the envy of the world.


    To support this envious lifestyle of every Canadian, we have built an amazing infrastucture of roads, schools, hospitals, banks, etc. And that takes revenue to maintain. So, I am proud to be an active contributor to this great country - even if it only means that my contribution is in the way of taxes.


    As the Americans say about their own country - Love it or Leave it! If Canadians can't tolerate these "taxes", they should move to a country where none of these taxes exist - but be prepared to not receive any of the benefits that we enjoy as Canadians.


    Better still, perhaps those "pissed off" Canadians should actually run for political office. If you know of a better way to manage and maintain one of the greatest & wealthiest countries in the world, I'd vote for you! Please find a way to be "proactive" rather than just "reactive". "Come On Canada - Quit Whining about Being a Winning Country!"
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    Sep 28, 2010 6:29 PM GMT
    If my brother wrote that,
    I am
    So.
    Fucking.
    Proud
    he is my brother.
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    Sep 28, 2010 6:31 PM GMT
    "quote"" none of those taxes existed 60 years ago and we were considered a prosperous country.

    well actually we're still considered a VERY prosperous country TODAY and with one of it not the highest standard of living on the planet
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    Sep 28, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
    What? No tax to maintain your Edmonton Mall navy? Tsk!
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    Sep 28, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    Caslon15000 saidWhat? No tax to maintain your Edmonton Mall navy? Tsk!


    We're getting new FIBERGLASS canoes next year, out with the birchbark!!
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    Sep 28, 2010 6:40 PM GMT
    beneful1 said
    Caslon15000 saidWhat? No tax to maintain your Edmonton Mall navy? Tsk!


    We're getting new FIBERGLASS canoes next year, out with the birchbark!!

    that's right! Too hell with the environment and the the ecofriendly, biodegradable birchbark! In with the eternal, till-the-sun-fries-the-earth fiberglass! Aintcha got no respect for your mother earth. There ain't no Planet B!
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    Sep 28, 2010 7:12 PM GMT
    He just confirmed he wrote it.
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    Sep 28, 2010 7:34 PM GMT
    Actually mom could still stay home and raise the kids if she and her husband were willing to live with just one car (not 2.5) one tv, one BASIC phone, no cell phones, no monthly cost phone extras, no cable just over the air tv, a smaller house, 10x less gadgetry and appliances, no internet etc.

    BUT she wont!!!!

    Kinda like 60 years ago huh
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    Sep 28, 2010 7:40 PM GMT
    I thought Canadians preferred to be pissed on ... You know, their milquetoast natures and all.
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    Sep 28, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    Pissed on maybe, but not as much as Americans like to be shit on .. you know, muck raking everywhere LOL

    Your turn sweets
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    Sep 28, 2010 10:15 PM GMT
    Caslon15000 saidI thought Canadians preferred to be pissed on ... You know, their milquetoast natures and all.

    Anything to keep warm. icon_cry.gif
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    Sep 29, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    lol, well it's been said that south lies the United Hates of America.

    Now about that list - inheritance tax listed twice. Tsk tsk. There is no inheritance tax in Canada. We have an estate tax that kicks in only when there is no surviving spouse or common-law partner.

    Pierre Trudeau repealed the inheritance tax back in '72.

    lol, as for the 'medicare tax', that's the 54 dollars a single person pays, in BC for example, per month for health care instead of thousands for private insurance.

    That list needeth a realistic overhaul. icon_wink.gif

    -Doug
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    Sep 29, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
    Come to speak of it.. I never really looked at the list in detail..

    what the hell is a telephone minimum usage tax?

    Telephone federal tax.. listed twice

    Gross receipts tax? huh

    Poverty tax..... WOW.... taxed for being poor LOL
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    Oct 01, 2010 12:56 PM GMT
    beneful1 said"quote"" none of those taxes existed 60 years ago and we were considered a prosperous country.

    well actually we're still considered a VERY prosperous country TODAY and with one of it not the highest standard of living on the planet


    Yer but it's way to cold, thats the deal breaker. My winters consist of a frost and I live in one of the world most livable cities in the worlds most livable county; Oz.
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    Oct 01, 2010 12:58 PM GMT
    To think thats what the Democrats want for America more tax, and free health care.
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    Oct 01, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
    aunty_jack said
    beneful1 said"quote"" none of those taxes existed 60 years ago and we were considered a prosperous country.

    well actually we're still considered a VERY prosperous country TODAY and with one of it not the highest standard of living on the planet


    Yer but it's way to cold, thats the deal breaker. My winters consist of a frost and I live in one of the world most livable cities in the worlds most livable county; Oz.


    I'm sure it's very nice and I could probably handle how people there talk funny and drive on the wrong side of the road BUT I don't think I could live in a land where the water flushes down the toilet counter-clockwise icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 01, 2010 2:10 PM GMT
    aunty_jack saidTo think thats what the Democrats want for America more tax, and free health care.

    You read the Republican/FOX talking points very well. Now for comprehensive reading:

    The US already has the taxes listed for Canada (apparently with errors as meninlove noted). The taxes you Republicans want to lower are for the rich, not for the middle class. But the propaganda & rhetoric have once again persuaded Americans that any tax cuts mentioned by Republicans must refer to them personally. They don't. They are selective, elitist and corporate, not even small business-friendly. Ordinary Americans will continue to be taxed under Republicans, and likely even more, as they have in the past.

    OH, BTW, please explain the free health care you say Democrats want.
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    Oct 01, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    Hey, this is a thread about Canada,, stop hijacking it. There are enough fucking threads about Americas insanity, it's our turn. icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 01, 2010 11:46 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidHey, this is a thread about Canada,, stop hijacking it. There are enough fucking threads about Americas insanity, it's our turn. icon_razz.gif


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    Oct 02, 2010 4:40 AM GMT
    Thank-you
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    Oct 02, 2010 4:58 AM GMT
    you got it wrong.

    it not allowed to turn right on a red light in Montreal and Quebec City.
    Otherwise it's allowed everywhere in the province.

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    anyway, about taxes, if Harper had left the GST as it was, we would have a much smaller deficit as it stands.