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Taxes Versus the Necessities of Life: The Canadian Consumer Tax Index, 2015 Edition

Taxes have grown much more rapidly than any other single expenditure for the average Canadian family: expenditures on shelter increased by 1,366%, clothing by 819%, and food by 561% from 1961 to 2014. The 1,886% increase in the tax bill has also greatly outpaced the increase in the Consumer Price Index (697%), which measures the average price that consumers pay for food, shelter, clothing, transportation, health and personal care, education, and other items.

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