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!“
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:
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.