A favourite Canadian pastime is to complain about taxes. The general belief is that the Canadians are over burdened with taxes. Yes, Canadians do pay more in taxes (as % of GDP) than Americans, but Canadians do enjoy many more public services than what is available in the US.
Furthermore, the French, Germans, Dutch and many others pay far more in taxes than Canadians.
There is no free lunch. Of all the great services (health and education among others) we enjoy in Canada, taxes are only a small price to pay.
Data from The Heritage Foundation (taxes) and CIA Fact Book (GDI)
Jose Antonio Meira da Rocha