Do you hear that? It’s the sound of Canadian women rejoicing because, come Canada Day, they’ll no longer have to shell over GST when they purchase tampons (and other hygiene products).
On May 28, the federal government announced the tax on feminine hygiene products would be lifted on July 1. Some Canadians have long complained the tax is sexist and unfair. According to CTV News, the government collects an estimated $36 million a year from it.
Although the NDP petitioned for the move and the House of Commons adopted the motion, many are surprised that the Conservative government acted so quickly since they said they’d take up the matter in a future budget.
As the news broke, Canadians took to social media to express their thoughts:
— Katherine Dines (@KatherineDines) May 28, 2015
The removal of the #tampontax shows how much power individuals have in politics. This movement is the epitome of ‘don’t like it, change it’
— Kristina McMullin (@k_mcmulls) May 28, 2015
And the fact that it’ll be scrapped on Canada Day is not lost on them:
— Mary Leong (@maryleong) May 28, 2015
How do you feel about the news? Sound off in the comments section below.
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