LETTER: Cartoon’s tax-dodging seniors don’t really exist

I have to say I object to the implications in your editorial cartoon of Nov. 23, regarding an influx of seniors and their not paying taxes. That is entirely untrue.

We had been thinking about moving here for the past 50 years, but life sometimes gets in the way. We finally made the move four years ago after we retired and even though we like it here, if I had done my due diligence and realized that this area has the highest age demographic in Canada, we probably would have moved somewhere else even though we now form part of that demographic.

We pay health premiums like everyone else and, if you are a couple, the premiums went up last year with only ten days notice from the government. If you own a home you pay property taxes, and if you rent, don’t for one minute think it doesn’t include property taxes.

We also pay taxes on all purchases the same as anyone else, so where do you get the idea we don’t pay taxes?

Anne Poulton

Parksville

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