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Neville Nankivell

Editorial columnist at the Toronto National Post newspaper

There has been an explosion of user fees at all levels of government since the mid-1990s, when federal departments led the way as part of Ottawa's deficit-reduction programs. ... However there's legitimate and growing concern over user fees that are in effect a form of disguised taxes, imposed without adequate public scrutiny and consultation. The Canadian public's general tax fatigue is also rightly producing resistance to user fees when there's no discernible improvement in the delivery and quality of the service paid for - and quite often the reverse.

Jul. 08, 1999 - from his column in the Toronto National Post