A couple of good examples of why we pay taxes

The RCMP has laid a total of 278 charges against 11 people in an immigration fraud ring. It is described as A “very well structured criminal organization.” The Mounties said the investigation revealed that between 50 and 60 people facing hearings were offered positive judgments from the board in exchange for cash bribes of $8,000 to $15,000 per person. It took place in the Gaspe region of Quebec of all places.

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OK, well here is another reasonable explanation for the exorbitant taxes we pay in Canada. After all, cons must be reimbursed for “lost” items while in prison. For the 2002-03 fiscal year, 714 claims were settled for a total payout of $107,275.

John Williamson, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, called the “unbelievable” payouts proof that crime pays,

“It’s really too bad the government doesn’t have the same guarantee for law-abiding citizens when their property is damaged or stolen by criminals.”

Examples of some of the claims paid out in 2003 were for- Prima TV remote control: $35, Samsung television: $100, extension cord and black shorts: $13, Timex Ironman watch: $84.99, Stereo, clock radio and power bar: $100, rolling papers, lighters and pouches of tobacco: $30.71, track pants and sweatshirt: $198, single Bic lighter $2, computer cords, printer cables and voice recognition headset: $131.03.

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