Up here, nothing's gone down. Our provincial government introduced a carbon tax last year and this year they're about to add another. They are combining the provincial sales tax and the federal goods and service tax into what they are calling the HST, @ 11%.
Gas is still way more expensive up here. I think we in Van pay the highest in the country, right now it's 109.9 per/litre. I can't do the math/conversion into American, sorry.
My cable/telephone/internet bill goes up every three months, regardless. Groceries are way more expensive here than in the States, because we import so much.
Housing prices did lower but have climbed up higher than the boom, partially because of the olympics. Mind you, my home in Edmonton during height of the market could have sold for 420,000, it fell to below 300,000 but it started to climb again.
Rent has never been lowered, neither has electricity.
So I'm not sure where governments get there figures, because the Canadian government has said the same. i think because it saves them having to up Welfare, unemployment, pension et al.