If the Ottawa Sun (or the Canadian Tax Payers Federation) wishes to be taken seriously in the matter of advocating for lower taxes, they should advocate for better urban planning.
One only needs to look at the Canadian Automobile’s Association own figures of cost ownership to realize that building car dependant cities is going to cost residents 6000-9000$ / year just in ownership and 8000-15000$ if one includes operating costs.
Or take a look at Newman and Kenworthy’s 1989 study showing increase gasoline usage as city density decreases.
Until the Sun or the CTPF look at urban planning, their tax whining is just a joke. In the case of the Ottawa Sun, its simultaneous advocacy against taxes and against spending on cycling proves the
OS staff can’t think OS’s editorial decisions doesn’t serve taxpayers. The logic just doesn’t add up. Until, of course, one considers that the OS’s cares more about selling headlines than the pockets of Ottawa taxpayers.