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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.

Kevin Lacey

Atlantic Director

Canadian Taxpayers Federation (

Organizations: Sweet Stuff

Geographic location: Ottawa, The Telegram, Canada

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  • cranberry tom
    March 19, 2014 - 12:44

    This is a great idea, pop drinkers are a drain on the healthcare system, forcing the common man to subsidize their diabetes treatments.

  • Steve
    March 19, 2014 - 10:22

    Quote: "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." Citation please. There is lots of evidence disputing what you say.

  • Mike
    March 19, 2014 - 08:16

    Maybe some effort should be made to make healthier options more affordable. 2L milk $4 versus 2L pop on sale for $1. Unfortunately, due to cost alone, many people will choose the pop.

    • Angus
      March 19, 2014 - 10:04

      The only way that is going to happen is to eliminate the marketing boards and allow cheaper milk from the US to dominate the market. It will also mean the closing down of pretty much all dairies, processing plants and suppliers within the province. If you're ok with that then the price of milk will fall dramatically. Wait that is already going to happen in about three years with the new trade deal except the milk will be supplied from Europe.

    • Marti
      March 19, 2014 - 15:36

      I've never understood the argument that people drink pop because it's an "affordable" beverage. What about water! Tap water is free and FAR healthier than pop. For anyone who is not accustomed to the taste of water - just try it for awhile. Your taste buds will learn to like it - and your body with wholeheartedly thank you for it.

  • Joe
    March 19, 2014 - 07:40

    I'm not sure who Mr. Lacey represents. It's not the average taxpayer for sure. But I will be looking forward to his letter on cigarettes and alcohol.

  • Angus
    March 19, 2014 - 05:47

    Mr. Lacey seems to cherry pick what he wants to report on. Soda beverage consumption is declining but "Energy Drinks" are on the rise. Pick your choice. The lesser of two evils. Both exist solely for the purpose of making money for their producers and serve absolutely zero benefit to society while creating problems for healthcare. In a public funded health care system, we the taxpayers reserve the right to apply taxes to not only fund healthcare but also to deter adverse health habits just like we did with cigarettes or does Mr. lacey want the deterrent taxes removed from these also? Anyone who doesn't like that can apply for citizenship in Saudi Arabia where I hear they have low taxes.