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That’s one of my favourite lines from the Jon Stewart show.  Some things are so widely believed that, even when they’re wrong, they’re still taken as true.

Like: Canadians are paying more taxes than ever as government increases its bite.

They are, of course, not:

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Tax Index

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Iglika Ivanoa at CCPA elaborates:

Business and personal taxes rose as a share of family income in the 1960s and then again between 1975 and 1985. But taxes have been cut significantly since 1999 (by about 5% of income) and are lower than they were in 30 years ago in the 1980s.

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Hence the purpose of the Fraser Institute reports and stories:  “We’ve brought that info to the forefront so Canadians can basically tackle the question of whether they’re happy with that amount.”

Yeah, whether they’re happy, not whether what they perceive is true.   But once the perception is solidified, they can move on to the bigger agenda.  More on that later.