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Tax Me I'm Canadian! A Taxpayer's Guide to Your Money and How Politicians Spend It by [Milke, Mark]
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In this smartly argued and witty account, Mark Milke explains the other surety in life besides death—how politicians spend the tax dollars of Canadians. Learn what the Fathers of Confederation thought Canada should look like; how Americans created many of Canada’s taxes; about the billions in unnecessary taxes blown on subsidies to business; and how monopolistic government employees’ unions can break public services.

There are no sacred cows in Tax Me I’m Canadian! The author details why more tax dollars won’t solve the woes of Aboriginal peoples and how the welfare state is a debt-induced illusion. Fortunately, Canadians can do something about all of this. In examples from Canada’s own history and from citizen-friendly Switzerland, Milke notes how the demand for taxes and the need of citizens not to be gouged is balanced in countries that treat their citizens—and their money, with respect.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8238 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Black (Sept. 15 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FDX653A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Format: Paperback
Author takes on 'entitlement state'; Taxation too high
National Post
Tue Oct 1 2013
Page A4
Byline: Jen Gerson

Canada's tax bills may have eased somewhat in the past decade, but a Calgary author says Canadians are still paying too much to the government-and getting too little of value in return.

In the mostly revised second edition of Tax Me I'm Canadian! Your Money and How Politicians Spend It, Mark Milke writes Canada has moved from a "lavish welfare state" to an "entitlement state" whose citizens remain largely unaware of how their social programs are paid for.

"The entitlement state now means that people think businesses should be subsidized when they're going under, such as Chrysler and GM. It means that despite the fact that we're pouring a lot of money into aboriginal affairs, people think the remedy for the poor social indicators is even more money in even more remote locations," he said. Although the tax burden has decreased from the late '90s, Mr. Milke said Canadians are still paying too much compared to other OECD states. The country is more heavily taxed now than it was during Pierre Trudeau's era.

Mr. Milke released the first edition of Tax Me I'm Canadian! in 2002 when he was a director with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. He's since become a fellow at the Fraser Institute. His new book, which launched Monday in Calgary, features 80% new material. In the new edition, Mr. Milke argues that jurisdictions that hinder the resource sector are in fact hampering their efforts to pay for increasingly pricey pensions and programs.

"There's a lack of understanding about what brings home the economic bacon in Canada, and it ain't windmills and it ain't hiring more government workers.
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Lots of data but informative. The government's (federal) equalization payment system, to the provinces, should cause a lot of Canadians to ponder its effectiveness. I was surprised to learn that one province has been receiving these payments for 46 years inj-a-row!
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Every Canadian needs to read this book. It is well written, and it is an eye opener regarding the financial affairs of our governments. Get on Mark's email list as well.
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If you think that Canadian politics and economic planning is more sane than American system you need to read this book. It opened my eyes how unjust, irrational and thoroughly socialist the Canadian economy really is. It is a national duty of every Canadian to know what its "dear leaders" are cooking up for their children. This book will make you cry and laugh nervously at the same time. At the end, you'll sober up real fast and be motivated to actually give a darn about what's going on.
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