Not meaning you particularly, Lawrence, but I'm saddened to see Canadians starting to be tax-whiners like Americans. No one likes to pay taxes, but politics and government here are crippled by the perception that taxes are evil and must only be cut, never raised. Quebec has the peculiar situation (I don't know if it's true in other provinces) that the provincial tax is figured on top of the federal GST--in other words, the tax is taxed. When Stephen Harper (Canadian PM, for those of you who have been out of touch since the days of Trudeau) proposed cutting the GST to 5%, Jean Charest (Quebec premier) mused that Quebec would have to raise its provincial tax slightly to make up the difference. This caused a ruckus, even though he only meant to keep the actual amount of provincial tax collected the same. People have simply lost all rationality about taxes. The cheap and cynical view that government is intrinsically bad is easier to sell. Our current government ran on that idea, and, once in power, set about proving it was true.
I suppose I oughtn't post this, as it breaks the taboo here on political subjects. But taxes are something we, as whisky drinkers, are concerned about; our biggest gripe is inequity form country to country and even state to state or province to province. We all know the old saw about death and taxes, but we seem to forget the point: that both, unpleasant as they are, are unavoidable. The most we can ask is that we don't die too young, don't get taxed inequitably, and that in either case we meet our obligation with dignity.