Talk about a potential soda pop tax isn’t sitting well with taxpayers groups.
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office reportedly requested an internal analysis on the idea this past winter, in an effort to take aim at Canadians’ bulging waistlines.
But Paige McPherson with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation tells News Talk 770’s Danielle Smith that you can’t sell this as a “stable source of revenue” if you’re in government.
“If it’s actually going to stop people from purchasing these goods, then wouldn’t it be a declining source of revenue?” McPherson said Tuesday. “Looking at it like a stable source of revenue I think points out that it’s exactly what it is. It’s a tax grab. It’s a revenue grab. It’s not a tax on something that has shown to actually work or be effective in reducing obesity.”
McPherson says reducing obesity is a noble goal, but other countries have tried similar legislation and simply repealed it after proving it didn’t accomplish what was intended.