Leo Plumer

Research Intern, Fraser Institute

Leo Plumer is a Research Intern at the Fraser Institute, where he works with the team in fiscal policy, with a focus on social insurance. He was previously an MA Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he also completed a Master’s in Economics. Leo also holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Economics from McGill University.

Recent Research by Leo Plumer

— Aug 13, 2021
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Taxes versus the Necessities of Life: The Canadian Consumer Tax Index 2021 edition

The Canadian Consumer Tax Index, 2021 Edition is a new study that finds even with a substantial COVID-driven reduction in tax revenue, the average Canadian family still spent over 36 per cent of its income on taxes in 2020 compared to 35.4 per cent on basic necessities—more than housing, food and clothing costs combined. Since 1961, the average Canadian family’s total tax bill has increased nominally by 1,992 per cent, eclipsing increases in annual housing costs (1,671 per cent), clothing (629 per cent) and food (767 per cent).