Stephen Harper went after Paul Martin today about avoidance of Canadian taxes.
A fair jab at someone who had first challenged Mr. Harper's patriotism. And an example of the gap between Liberal rhetoric and behaviour.
Liberals talk about how those who prosper need to be happy when the taxman scrapes away half in order to benefit the "less fortunate" (a category into which an excess number of Liberals seem to put themselves). They suggest that it's the mean Conservatives who don't like paying taxes. Great rhetoric. But when push comes to shove, Mr. Martin does what any other reasonable person would do -- arrange the financial affairs of his company in his and the company's best interests.
I remember someone who was a great socialist. He (or she) thought that the transfer of wealth in Canada was indeed a wonderful thing. He thought the fact that dentists in some Scandinavian country generally can't afford to buy new cars (because their earnings were taxed away) was just great. However, when it was his time to enter a taxpayer-subsidized retirement/nursing home, he made a point of first transferring his primary asset - his home - to his children. He did what any other reasonable person would do, while keeping within the law -- organize his affairs to his or her family's personal benefit.
Seems like socialists like to talk the talk but when their own incomes rise, don't want to walk the walk.
Although Liberals and NDPers may preen and parade about how much Canadians love to pay the taxes that fuel government largesse, I've never seen a crowd of people rushing out to a "pay double the tax" sale at a store. Maybe we should try one and see who shows up.