Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ontario's Provincial Tax Police

Ontario Provincial Police are being diverted from fighting crime to hunt down dangerous criminals, serious offenders, the worst of society....diesel fuel tax cheats! See the CTV story here

The Ontario government Department of Revenue has diverted officers to detain and inspect drivers in the Durham region in an effort to ensure that pink-dyed farm diesel is not being used for non-farm purposes. Revenue says that drivers doing so would deprive the government of necessary tax revenues.

When taxes are too high sometimes people try to avoid paying them. This is what happened when cigarette taxes were too high. While one can't condone illegal acts, one can sympathise with frustration over high taxes.

Is this really the best use of precious OPP resources? Shouldn't they, instead, be fighting organized crime instead of being used as the tax police?

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