Mississauga Retailers Pray for Toronto Sales Tax

MoneyYou've likely heard that Toronto city hall officials are considering a new Toronto Sales Tax. Why shouldn't the most expensive city in Canada gouge us a little more?

The new city sales tax, which would be applied to anything bought in Toronto, would be on top of provincial and federal taxes, and would need provincial approval. As a resident of Toronto, I promise we won't stand for a Toronto sales tax. It's not going to happen and it's a terrible idea.

I would do all of my shopping in Mississauga.


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A.R.

It's amazing that we complain of having high taxes, but compared to much of Europe, our taxes our substantially smaller, our infrastructure embarassingly underfunded and remarkably inferior. I think the public would be more convinced though if they at least saw some earnest efforts at efficiency like contracting out more services.

To keep things in perspective, various cities in the US have their own sales taxes, notably Chicago.

November 5, 2009 @ 4:32 PM

A.R.

A better option generally speaking though might be a province wide PST increase with the money being directed at communities. Something has to give in terms of city budgets, Toronto recovers an unprecedented three quarters of the operating costs for the TTC through the fare box and it shows through subpar maintenance and delays to renovations.

November 5, 2009 @ 4:37 PM

Tee

The better option would be to cut government to its most basic and only justifiable function: protecting the lives and rights of the people.

November 5, 2009 @ 4:53 PM

Digger

I was not the least bit surprised to learn that the City of Toronto's "solution" to their financial situation was to raise more revenue through more taxes. How many microseconds were dedicated to determining where spending could be CUT? For all the extra spending over the past couple administrations, how much better off now are the people of Toronto? Sorry, that wasn't really meant to be a rhetorical question.

November 5, 2009 @ 9:22 PM

McNulty

That's right what we need is higher taxes. That's a sensible solution. If Europe is taxed more than it must be right.

What are the taxes in Europe? Put this into better perspective.

If this sales tax does happen, I will be avoiding shopping in Toronto. No question.

November 6, 2009 @ 9:29 AM

A.R.

First of all, McNulty, what are is the infrastructure like in Europe? Are the cities clean? Say what you will about taxes but let's acknowledge that substantial improvements in the areas I mentioned is desirable.

Maybe we can make cuts and find efficiencies, but I feel that too many Canadians seem ignorant about what needs to be improved right in front of their eyes when they step outside their homes.

November 7, 2009 @ 5:04 PM

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