All taxation … is a loss per se … it is the sacred duty of the government to take only from the people what is necessary to the proper discharge of the public service; and that taxation in any other mode, is simply in one shape or another, legalized robbery.
Sir Richard Cartwright
Finance Minister of Canada
In his budget speech to Parliament, 1878
Hat tip: The Canadian Century: Moving out of America’s Shadow, Brian Lee Crowley, Jason Clemens, Niels Veldhuis.