Soft drink surtax proposed

Posted By: Claude Beaulieu · 8/31/2011 12:27:00 PM

A coalition of health and education experts is repeating its call for the Quebec government to introduce a sugar tax on softdrinks and so-called "energy drinks".

The Quebec Coalition on Weight Problems says a three-cent-per-litre surcharge on the producers of soft drinks, and a dollar a litre surcharge on energy drinks  would raise 33-million dollars in its first year  It says the province could use that revenue to provide more and better food in its schools, notably in poorer neighbourhoods.  Cardiologist Doctor Martin Juneau says sugar-added drinks are the leading cause of obesity among children who he malents will pay for their sweet tooth later in life, through numerous health problems, including diabetes and all manner of cariovascular disease.

The Coalition says obesity costs the Canadian economy about 30-billion dollars a year in health costs and lost productivity.

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  1. Ian posted on 09/01/2011 04:20 AM
    Another tax? Sounds like a great idea. I was beginning to feel guilty for only working four hours a day for the government. It didn't seem right that I should keep the other four hours of work to myself. However, if the great minds of this country can continue to find ways to help me part with the money I have left over, then perhaps I'll begin to feel better about myself. If they really want to make me smile, then they should have a "Anything you drink, eat, smoke, think, or do tax" Just to make sure nobody is left out.
  2. Tomas posted on 10/03/2011 11:27 AM
    I agree with Ian, just another tax they can cash on and where are the benefits afterwards, people will still drink end eat it. SERIOUSLY find solutions that will benefit the people and not taxing the living sh*t out of them!!!
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