And here’s why, in a nutshell:
A whopping 70 per cent of Quebecers are opposed to the $950 million in tax cuts announced in last week’s provincial budget.
“One to look at it is that we’re the only people in North America not to want a tax cut,” he said in a follow-up interview.
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A significant part of the explanation for opposition to the tax cut is the fact that 42 per cent of Quebecers of taxpaying age already don’t pay any income tax and stand to benefit from increased public-service spending at zero cost to themselves.
The standard answer in Quebec to any economic woes goes something like “tax the rich, the anglos and the corporations more”. And when that doesn’t work? The standard fall-back, right out of a South Park movie: Blame Canada.
But with more people living off the system than paying into it, Quebec’s economy is on the brink of collapse unless something is done. And when Canada can no longer be blamed, what then?