I blame the Canadian government for much . . . "don't get me started" on the CRTC for example.
But it's one heck of a stretch to blame the government for the MSRP of the AE-4000.
Panasonic Canada and only Panasonic Canada made that decision.
And, at an MSRP of $4000, plus an HST of 13% on top of that (we CAN blame the gov. for THAT much!), I sure as hades won't be buying one . . . in Canada at least.
For the winter place in Florida . . . if the "street price" really comes in at $1999 . . . it is hard to pass up.
If you really want one, take a holiday to the US, stay for seven days, buy at $1999, bring it home, declare it and pay tax on the difference between your allowable exemption ($750 CDN) and the actual purchase price.
Think I'll just leave mine in the house in Florida though.
Oh, and enjoy your US holiday too.