its not that bad. No where near as bad as over in the US. Plus if you ever win the lottery you don't lose half of it to the gov. 14% is nothing considering our taxes earn us benefits. Sure I would love if welfare was controlled so I don't feel like some of my money is going to drug addled deadbeats (I know most welfare users need it but I also know ALOT of people that don't), but free healthcare is worth it (hell the free abortions alone has saved me ALOT of money) plus the fact our minimum wage is much higher evens it out. My friend in the states is making like $7 an hour, f that I would never work for less then 10 (with my degrees I wouldn't get outta bed for less then 25 but before that 10 was it).
Winning a lottery is a singularity. I wouldn't even use that in a day to day comparison.
What's the 14%? Do you refer to the 13% PST + GST in ON?
My view is that that just about everything costs more here.
Not trying to fight this out - I'm just confused as I was recently in the US for a while and the cost comparison versus back here at home was quite a shocker - in the sense, that things in the US were a lot cheaper - including taxation.
And there are write-offs available in the US that are not available here in Canada - mortgage interest being one.
Having said this, and in an attempt to keep on topic, my real estate tax here in ON is going up for no discernible reason whatsoever.
This Chinese system of a land-lease of 70 years is just a bridge to the future, it seems to me anyway. I'm quite glad I don't have to suffer such a system.