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The Globe and Mail
Toronto-based newspaper

Federal taxes account for 17.8 per cent of GDP this year, compared with 15.2 per cent in 1984 and 16.2 per cent in 1989. The Caledon Insitute calculates that federal and provincial income taxes rose from an average of 15.3 per cent of family income in 1980 to 20.2 per cent in 1997 - a jump of almost one third. The federal tax burden on individuals and families in 1999 is the heaviest in 40 years. That's why proposals to increase real per capita spending should be denied for now.

Oct. 9, 1999 - from its editorial page