OMG – Is Quebec Finally Evolving?

quebec fonctionnaires paresseuxIt’s like my biggest political wetdream is finally becoming vividly true.

The crosshairs are finally set on two of the state’s biggest bloated rip-offs: The SAQ and Revenu Quebec.

I almost cannot believe the abolition of these two “societes” might well see the business end of the proverbial political shotgun.

Then again, maybe I shouldn’t be too surprised. To date Couillard has shown himself to be a very determined leader and completely unlike his sac-less predecessor, Jean Charest.

Let’s begin with Revenu Quebec.

Know what I love about separatists? They always clamour that a sovereign Quebec would be cheaper because we’d “no longer have duplicate government services”.

They love citing Revenu Quebec as one of these such examples. Speaks volumes about their utter lack of travel, otherwise, they’d understand that Quebec is the only province in Canada to have these “double-ups”.

Maurice DuPlessis claimed Ottawa was ‘stealing’ from Quebec and that was the M.O. for bringing this government entity into existence. Odd picture isn’t it? Of all the provinces and territories that make up the federation, Quebec’s the only one that needs its own auditor.

Here’s the real deal with Revenu Quebec – it’s nothing more than a shameless cras-grab. I’ve lived all over Canada and seen the different income tax rates and Quebec’s was always the worst.

I’ll never forget how,  many moons ago, I went to live in Toronto and got a job at a warehouse. $13 an hour. That was actually more than what similar jobs were paying in Quebec, so I was already off to a better start.

When my first pay came, my jaw nearly hit the floor. I had about $60 or $70 more on my cheque than I would’ve have had for the same pay in Quebec.

And that’s what I love about the separatists sticking up for RQ – they claim it’s a measure to protect the people of Quebec when it is in fact, it’s a license to sodomize the taxpayer without any trace of mercy.

When you bring this point up to separatists, they gleefully regurgitate canned separatist excuse #76.5:

But the cost of living in Quebec is cheaper than other parts of Canada!

Vraiment?

Son, didn’t you hear me when I said I’ve lived in other parts of Canada?

You might want to try it some time. That way you’d understand that the lowest cost of living in a large Canadian city belongs to Winnipeg.

Actually, this is where we drag the SAQ into the cost of living argument.

One of my favourite red wines is a bottle with the Fleur Du Cap label on it.

Know how much an Ontarian drinker of Fleur Du Cap pays for his bottle? About $5 less than the guy in Quebec.

And why is it this way?

Because the state handed the SAQ the right to do this.

This monopoly has helped foster the corrupt union culture that has robbed Quebec of its work ethic and integrity for almost two generations now. People are being paid $25 fucking dollars an hour to stack bottles on a shelf.

Already, the good ol’ separatist/union boys club has come out swinging right away…doing whatever they can to preserve their $60K/year pay for minimum-wage job lifestyles:

The SAQ cries foul

If you click on that link you’ll see how the union bosses quickly collaborated with the directors of the SAQ to do whatever they could to preserve their monopoly.

Revenu Quebec did much the same. Actually, both organizations pushed their counter arguments out before the government was to deliver its scheduled report.

I’m telling you folks, this kind of shit ONLY happens in Quebec. This is the only state in North America, where an organization would not only contradict the boss in public, but go the extra step and preemptively “show them up”.

The directors of the SAQ and Revenu Quebec responsible for these press releases are lucky I’m not in power. They would be fired in a heartbeat for this kind of behavior.

Of course, they can’t be entirely blamed for the temptation of doing what they did, because PKP’s newspapers have featured about 8 articles on the subject in 24 hours and you can pretty much guess which side they lean towards.

Like I said, Couillard is living up to his last name and holding his ground and hasn’t even reached year two of his mandate yet, so time is on his side.

Sorry to all the unionist seps that may be reading this, but this time around, it truly is the end of the line with the way things have been up to now and the age of living artificially is about to take its place in the history books.

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10 thoughts on “OMG – Is Quebec Finally Evolving?

  1. “They love citing Revenu Quebec as one of these such examples. Speaks volumes about their utter lack of travel, otherwise, they’d understand that Quebec is the only province in Canada to have these “double-ups”.”

    What are you talking about? Are you really trying to compare Quebec with the other provinces? For better or worse, no. No, thank you.

  2. Before WWII, only the provinces collected income taxes. During the war, the federal took this taxation power, saying it would be temporary. Of course, after the war, Ottawa continued to collect taxes. That’s why Duplessis said that Ottawa was stealing from the provinces, not only from Québec. So he started Revenu Québec. The other provinces just gave up their right to collect income taxes. That’s their business I guess.

    As a resident of Québec City, I can see what is the benefit of having a public administration in a city, just as much as a resident of Ottawa can. If we have to have civil servants working on income taxe reports, it is in our interest that they work in Québec City instead of in Ottawa. Interestingly, the Québec government only has the power to eliminate Revenu Québec, it doesn’t have the power to eliminate Revenu Canada.

    Québec now has to choose between withstanding the pressure of supporting two revenu agencies or give up its taxation power to Ottawa, a taxation power that was previously taken by Ottawa in a questionable way. Slowly the central governement becomes bigger.

    • The other provinces just gave up their right to collect income taxes. That’s their business I guess.

      The other provinces simply chose not to create a duplicate entity which would only serve to increase their debt-loads with artificial employment. Maurice Duplessis was known for being, well, duplicitous to say the least. While his public soundbite for creating Revenu Quebec was to “protect Quebec from Ottawa’s nefarious tax practices”, there’s a very different reason behind closed doors.

      If you really think Revenu Quebec provides some kind of effective difference, I challenge you to give live in British Columbia, find the same job there that you have in Quebec and see what the big difference is with central tax collection in terms of your take-home pay (you’ll have more of it) and your local infrastructure.

      Interestingly, the Québec government only has the power to eliminate Revenu Québec, it doesn’t have the power to eliminate Revenu Canada.

      I’m not sure what this statement is meant to mean. Of course they can only eliminate their own, unnecessary entity an not the federal government’s. You have to understand Michel, that previous governments have preyed on your nationalism and manipulated your desire for greater autonomy and sovereignty to orchestrate maneuvers that only benefit themselves and their entourage.

      • “I’m not sure what this statement is meant to mean. Of course they can only eliminate their own, unnecessary entity and not the federal government’s.”

        Well, it simply means what it means : Québec can only choose to eliminate Revenu Québec and cannot choose to eliminate Revenu Canada.

        As I said, as a resident of Québec City, I can see what is the benefit of having a public administration in a city, just as much as a resident of Ottawa can. If we are to have only one revenue agency, it is in our best interest to keep Revenu Québec only. But this is not an available choice. This is one of the canadian federalism constraints.

        “You have to understand Michel, that previous governments have preyed on your nationalism and manipulated your desire bla bla bla”

        I love the subtle touch of paternalism.

    • Maybe my question to Michel is that if the practice of letting Ottawa collect the taxes in other provinces has proven – for many decades – to be efficient, what harm does it may do to Quebec?

      • I think that without Revenu Québec, a program such as Régime Épargne Action would not have been possible. This program greatly helped companies such as Couche-Tard, CGI, Sico, Cascades becoming what they are now.

      • Michel, once again you’re going with the only thing you know – Quebec. Every other province has a number of programs that range from governmental to PPPs and more. In fact, Toronto even has something Montreal doesn’t – a startup incubator. The young companies in this place not only benefit from funding, they get mentoring and guidance from experienced entrepreneurs.

      • Interesting article. I did not know about the 2009 liberal REA II program.

        I referred to the Parizeau era REA program, the one about which the author of the article says :

        “Ce programme a permis à des dizaines de sociétés québécoises de lever des milliards de dollars de financement en capital-actions et de grandir. Des noms : CGI, Cascades, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Metro, Saputo, SNC-Lavalin, Genivar (devenue WSP), Jean-Coutu, Transcontinental, Canam, Transat A.T., Gildan, Héroux–Devtek, Cogeco, Lassonde et des dizaines d’autres. Il a aussi aidé des dizaines de milliers de Québécois à s’initier à l’investissement en Bourse. Il faut dire merci à Jacques Parizeau de l’avoir créé.”

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