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View Poll Results: Better for Americans?
Canada 16 69.57%
New Zealand 7 30.43%
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Old Yesterday, 10:42 PM
 
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Yes. Earthquakes are not infrequent. There was a very destructive one just a couple of years ago.Or was it last year? Also, there are aspects of the COL that are very expensive: petrol, car rentals, not sure about housing costs... But Canada's housing costs are very high in some cities, too.

Are you ok with Canada's level of taxation, OP?

Okay Ruth,

I think we can quell your curiosity about how much more tax Canada pays to get the "free stuff".

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD -36 member countries):
"... while many U.S. residents pay nearly as much [taxes], or in some cases more, than our neighbors to the north, Canadians in general can get so much more in exchange".

"...the Centre for Policy Alternatives that found that "the vast majority of Canada's population" gets a great deal:'Middle-income Canadian families enjoy public services worth about $41,000 — or 63 percent of their income. Even households earning $80,000–$90,000 a year enjoy public services benefits equivalent to about half of their income'."
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Okay Ruth,

I think we can quell your curiosity about how much more tax Canada pays to get the "free stuff".

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD -36 member countries):
"... while many U.S. residents pay nearly as much [taxes], or in some cases more, than our neighbors to the north, Canadians in general can get so much more in exchange".

"...the Centre for Policy Alternatives that found that "the vast majority of Canada's population" gets a great deal:'Middle-income Canadian families enjoy public services worth about $41,000 — or 63 percent of their income. Even households earning $80,000–$90,000 a year enjoy public services benefits equivalent to about half of their income'."
I am often fond of saying that if you're pooor or lower income, Canada is better financially, and if you're at the top end of the scale, the U.S. is better. As for the middle, it's probably something of a wash for most people.


While what you say is no doubt true, for the average middle class family in the U.S. these government goodies in Canada (paid for by our taxes it's true) are in many ways offset by a number of other factors such as lower prices for consumer goods and services, tax deductions for mortgage interest, etc.


Middle class Americans also have the option of moving to lots of fairly low-cost areas in their country (like Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, etc.) that nonetheless have pretty dynamic economies, whereas in Canada low-cost areas have historically correlated with a sucky economy, and the economically dynamic places tend to be very expensive to live in. Just look at what the housing costs were in the northern oilpatch town of Fort McMurray when it was booming a few years ago. Insane.
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