The Government of Quebec brought down it's provincial budget this week. Residents can expect to be seriously out of pocket in the coming years due to various taxes and levies.
Among the measures are an increase in the gasoline tax, a health care levy based on the number of times a patient visits a doctor in a year, a hike in electricity rates, an increase in tuition fees as well as the cost of visiting provincial parks. The province's sales tax, currently at 7.5 per cent, will rise to 9.5 per cent within 2 years.
But that's not all. In a related announcement, the province's transport Minister proposed what he referred to "cost-saving energy related measures". The measures, said the Minister, would result in substantial savings for the province.
For example, the traffic rule where right turns on red lights are forbidden in larger Quebec cities would be rescinded immediately. The Minister says the rule is an "energy waster" as cars must stop and idle, burning fuel unnecessarily while waiting for the light to change. "No right turn on red" signs will be replaced by "ready or not" signs.
Similarly, the yellow warning light in all traffic lights will be removed. The Minister says too much power is being generated by all those yellow lights at all the intersections in the province and an incredible savings could be achieved through their removal. "Step On It" signs will be installed at all intersections to replace yellow caution lights.
And finally, due to these traffic changes, the pedestrian "walk/don't walk" signs at intersections will be removed and replaced with "run like hell" signs.
Happy April Fool's Day, folks!
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