Mark Holland encourages Liberals to campaign on taxing soda

Published on May 26, 2019

Mark Holland is encouraging the federal Liberals to campaign on taxing sugary drinks. As always, the Liberals see new taxes as the solution to every problem.

Mark Holland is encouraging the federal Liberals to campaign on taxing sugary drinks. As always, the Liberals see new taxes as the solution to every problem. From the CBC:

Ontario Liberal MPs want to pitch voters on a  "sugar sweetened beverages levy" — more commonly known as a soda tax — in the coming federal election campaign, according to a list of caucus platform priorities obtained by CBC News.

While the proposal is ranked 18th out of 19 items on the list, several MPs are pushing hard to include it in the platform for the October election — and to link it to funding for a program to provide healthy lunches to grade school students nationwide.

"I'm certainly fighting for it. I think it is something that could really be an important part of a platform, but we'll see," Toronto Liberal MP Julie Dabrusin told CBC News.

The platform priorities list includes a two-page summary of the soda tax proposal written by Ajax MP Mark Holland, a former senior executive at the Heart and Stroke Foundation. (source)

 

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was quick to respond: