Quebec doesn’t pay the highest tax

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In response to Peter Gauthier’s Perspectives column titled, "The tax      system needs an overhaul," in the March 26th issue, it’s not true that "Quebecers pay the highest income tax in North America."

In response to Peter Gauthier’s Perspectives column titled, "The tax      system needs an overhaul," in the March 26th issue, it’s not true that "Quebecers pay the highest income tax in North America."
According to an article on CBC’s website, Québec places fourth in Canada for taxation on incomes of $25,000 and third for taxation on a $40,000 per year income. The median individual income in Québec was $27,600, meaning that 50% of Quebecers earned less than this. It’s only the richest Quebecers who pay more tax.
Isn’t it a good thing the poorest 40% don’t pay any tax, while in Ontario it’s only the poorest 29%? Is Québec better at levelling income, or does it have more poor people? Hard to tell from the article.
For those who want more information, various websites provide interesting data, including Statistics Canada.
Mo Laidlaw
PONTIAC