Lower taxes, higher fees, it all balances out

Dear editor,

I was so pleased to hear Christy Clark announce a balanced budget with a small surplus. I can’t tell your readers how proud I am to tell my rellies in Alberta and Saskatchewan how we know how to do government financial business in B.C.

Imagine my chagrin when a cousin in Saskatchewan had the nerve to ask me about fees. How much more do I pay in fees for:  ferries, medical service premiums, car insurance, electricity for my home, driver’s licence renewal, crossing the Fraser River? I finally deleted their cheeky email comments.

But then I thought: how much do I really pay in taxes? Oh, sure I know how much I pay in income taxes. That’s easy for a pensioner to figure out. But aren’t fees a kind of taxation?  Are my taxes truly the lowest in all of Canada?  I’ll have to ask my MP.

Cliff Boldt

 

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