‘This government is not going to be interested in user fees’

Having both raised and dismissed the possibility of new user fees last week, Industry Minister Tony Clement confirmed to reporters yesterday his government’s disinterest.

We’re not really looking at user fees … We don’t see that as part of – I mean, look, you look at everything but the reality is this government is not going to be interested in user fees as the way to to balance the budget … we don’t think that taxpayers should be taxed more or should be user-feed to death.  There’s lots of way that we can get to balanced budget without – without additional user fees on Canadians.




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‘This government is not going to be interested in user fees’

  1. They are always under the dominion of the superstition of government, and, forgetting that a government produces nothing at all …. that the state cannot get a cent for any man without taking it from some other man, and this latter must be a man who has produced and saved it.

    The same piece of capital cannot be used in two ways. Every bit of capital, therefore, which is given to a shiftless and inefficient member of society, who makes no return for it, is diverted from a reproductive use; but if it was put into reproductive use, it would have to be granted in wages to an efficient and productive laborer. 

    Hence the real sufferer by that kind of benevolence which consists in an expenditure of capital to protect the good-for-nothing is the industrious laborer. 

    http://mises.org/daily/2485

    “The aforementioned CD Howe report notes that total compensation per civilian employee in the federal government reached $94, 000 in 2009/2010, nearly double the average of $47,500 in the private economy.”

    http://www.fcpp.org/publication.php/3790?print=yes

    But civil servant Shannon Steele said she earns her pay. ”Of course I get more benefits and stuff, but I think I deserve them,” she said. “I do a lot of work, and it’s stressful.”

    “For me to make that amount of money, I would have to work twice as much time,” tradesman Tim Cogswell told CTV News.

    http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20070730/civil_servants_070730/

    Artist Joel Richardson says the city has painted over a popular Dupont St. mural that it paid him $2,000 to create ….. Richardson says the mural “had nothing to do with Stephen Harper” — while it is “subversive and anti-freewheeling capitalism” ….. ”

    http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1000475–artist-says-city-erased-mural-it-paid-him-to-paint

    • “The aforementioned CD Howe report notes that total compensation per civilian employee in the federal government reached $94, 000 in 2009/2010, nearly double the average of $47,500 in the private economy.”

      Apples and oranges, doncha think?

  2. ‘There’s lots of way that we can get to balanced budget ‘

    They just can’t think of any.

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