Jul. 4, 2018

We're being taken to the cleaners again

By Merv Unger
Editor Nanaimonet.com

If it moves, tax it. That’s the real bottom line with the phony tariff war between Canada and the United States. It’s simply a diversion meant to lull us into acceptance of the latest scam by politicians.

A tariff is a tax, plain and simple, and that’s the bottom line. We’re being bamboozled again by politicians. They’ve been taking us to the cleaners on the illegitimate “carbon” tax scheme, but that’s not enough for them.

Now we’ll pay ten per cent and more additional tax on every-day purchases, mainly food products, which we can’t do without.

Sure, the issue carries all the feel-good labels that tariffs are there to protect our products from unfair competition. How does anyone benefit when one country slaps a tariff on another country’s exports only to have the same applied from the other side in retaliation? Governments on both sides of the border have an extra revenue source, and some citizens willingly line up to support the tax grab in the name of nationalism. 

The United States rakes in extra tax revenue from Canadian metal products and Canada grabs the extra taxes on food stuffs and other imports. Notice the revenue doesn't go to the agrieved industries – only to government.

By making the “other country” the villain they strike a note of patriotism, making many of us proud to pay another tax. They’ve got it down to a science. It stirs a certain amount of "Buy Canadian" outrage from the public but it doesn't solve any problems except make everything more expensive.