Comment 21494

By Al Rathbone (anonymous) | Posted April 17, 2008 at 01:05:56

People just don't understand the division of the levels of government.

Of course people want more money for public infrastructure: It's IMPORTANT!

But It seems like everyone wants to pass the buck.

Cities say the Province should pay, the Province says the Feds should pay.

Why should taxes from across Canada pay for sewers in Dundas?

It makes sense on a Provincial level in order to level out between poor and rich municipalities but any larger than that it makes no sense.

So yes we need more infrastructure funding, but why can't the Province supply it and why does it mean higher taxes when there is plenty of waste that can be cut?

I'd also like to add that the Federal government is incompetent in distributing infrastructure funds which instead end up as pork barrel funding.

The ideal solution is for the Feds to transfer tax space to the Province (this way the province collects the revenue rather than the feds) and the Province to distribute infrastructure funds through per-capita grants.

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