Pay enough tax? Well, some healthy living advocates don’t think so. They want you to start shelling out for a tax on pop.
That’s right, next time you want a coke, they want you to pay another tax, on top of your HST and deposit.
Paying more tax is supposed to convince you to live healthier, or at least that is what Dr. Yoni Freedhoff from Ottawa said in The Telegram on March 11, 2014 in an article entitled “Watch the Sweet Stuff.”
People already know that pop isn’t the healthiest of options. Charging a small tax won’t make a bit of difference as to whether or not they drink it.
The only winner will be governments who will get fat off the new tax revenue.
Over the past 15 years, soda consumption in Canada has been on the decline. Yet, obesity rates continued to increase during the same period.
If soda consumption has so much to do with the growing waist-lines of adults and children alike, why does there seem to be an inverse relationship between them?
The truth is the responsibility for one’s health should not be that of the government.
The only way to ensure a long lasting and healthier society is for people themselves to make the decisions to change their habits.
And that’s not going to happen by making their wallets thinner.
Canadian Taxpayers Federation (taxpayer.com)