Opinion

Society better with an infusion of taxes

To the editor:

I have been involved in the medical system in Canada for three decades, and have a sister who is a physician and another sister who is a public school principal. Therefore, I feel well positioned to comment on how to fix our current crises in health and education, as well as our ailing social safety net and tarnished international reputation. And it most certainly has nothing to do with lower taxes.

The first move is to place a court injunction and/or restraining order against the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the Alberta Taxpayers Association and any newspaper editors who bleat and harangue incessantly about our unfair tax burdens and how tough we have it in the world.

The second would be to jail any of the above who fail to comply with these directives.

Next would be a modest educational initiative informing and reminding the electorate that this amazing society we are so privileged to live in is based almost entirely on that often maligned five letter entity—taxes. Our roads, medical care, education systems, parks, water, sanitation, sporting venues, recreational facilities, elder care, programs for the less fortunate, forces for law and order, fire protection, emergency services, international assistance to the world’s most destitute, and much more of our daily fare are based almost exclusively on the taxation system.

Once the majority of the population had a firm and comprehensive understanding of the essence and importance of taxes, then a modest increase more to the corporate sector which bears the smallest burden but also to the average citizen and the wealthy, would suffice to rebuild many of our systems that are tarnished and in disrepair.

So many of our services, systems and infrastructures would be revitalized with a hardier, reliable and more robust infusion of cash. We could again climb to prominence on the global scene and tackle more ambitiously the problems associated with hunger, water, sanitation, education and major diseases that burden the developing world, raising our assistance levels to and beyond the elusive 0.7 per cent of GNP for foreign aid.

What an exciting and vibrant society we would be, envied and emulated worldwide.

Too simple to happen in our lifetime? Perhaps not. For certain, that’s where my vote is going.

Dr. Robert C. Dickson,

Calgary

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