Federal NDP female MPs agitate for removal of tax on tampons; Canadian government says they will do so, in the future

08 May


In a rare move in favour of an opposition party initiative, the Conservative government said it will be supporting the NDP’s motion to remove the GST from feminine hygiene products.

Minister for the Status of Women Canada Kellie Leitch made the announcement over Twitter Friday after the House of Commons had spent about an hour debating the NDP’s opposition day motion calling for a menstrual product GST exemption.

But that isn’t good enough for some:

New Democrat Niki Ashton urged action now, not in a budget yet to come.

“That kind of support is not good enough,” Ashton said during the Friday debate.

Removing the tax isn’t a complex matter, she added.

“We’re talking about a very easy, simple act, here.”

Several NDP MPs also rose in the Commons Thursday to present formal petitions requesting an end to the tax; removing it has been estimated to cost the government $36 million.

Tabling a petition in the House means the government must issue a formal response within 45 calendar days.

Supporters of the plan argue that it makes no sense for menstrual products to be subject to a tax, noting they are essential goods, not luxury items.

There’s no sales tax charged on cocktail cherries, wedding cakes, incontinence products or Viagra, they note, but all Canadian women must pay tax on a product they use every single month for close to 40 years.

“This is an non-optional tax that’s borne by only half the population,” said Kathleen Fraser, one of the women behind the online petition.

“It’s a tax based on biological characteristics and though it may seem like small change, it’s a tax that places an unfair burden on women, trans people and other menstruators.”

Trans women menstruate? Who knew?

This is what progressives consider a priority…

And naturally, the ‘Conservatives’ are only too eager to at least appear to agree…

An issue of the utmost importance?

An issue of the utmost importance?


15 responses to “Federal NDP female MPs agitate for removal of tax on tampons; Canadian government says they will do so, in the future

  1. ddswaterloo

    May 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Ugly and parasitic. REduce taxes for me, but make others pay.

    Use the state to use violence to extract the said benefits. Pretend its all peaceful and moral.


  2. Will S.

    May 8, 2015 at 10:32 pm


  3. ray

    May 8, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Hey boss! weren’t we just talking about ‘conservative’ governments?

    Maybe they read your blog? :O) Then do the opposite. They’re the tampons, the Libs are the maxipads.

    I see the dearies got their red and black War Gear on. With faces like that they don’t need armor.

    Perhaps the Conservative Government will purchase their gear in future as well?


    • Will S.

      May 8, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      Shh! Don’t give them any more ideas, lol! 😉

  4. Sanne

    May 9, 2015 at 4:12 am

    Feminist politics are just as great as feminist science:)

  5. Will S.

    May 9, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Exactly! 🙂

  6. electricangel

    May 9, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I know a school whose drug policy reads “Coming to campus under the influence of alcohol or ANY drug is strictly forbidden.” I am not ashamed to point out that this policy is sexist as it forbids women from taking a Midol before coming to campus. Definitely NOT something you want to forbid.

    If we manage to pull out of this the principle that taxes that target only one population are illegal and immoral, it’s definitely a win. I did not understand WHY people were so upset with the fact that Obamacare was going to be paid for by a tax on tanning salons. Then, of course, one realizes: it’s a targeted tax on light-skinned people.

  7. FiliusPastori

    May 9, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    “Minister for the status of women”
    You can’t make this stuff up.

  8. feeriker

    May 9, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Can’t we just nuke it and start all over again from the radioactive ashes?

    The article inspired me to ask that as a generic question …

  9. Will S.

    May 9, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    @ EA: Ha! 🙂

    @ FP: Nope.

    @ feeriker: Tempting, indeed.

  10. Eric

    May 10, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Meanwhile, West Coast Libtards crack down on residents who may actually be enjoying themselves too much…

    Now San Francisco’s streets are so full of litter, drug paraphernalia, human excrement, and other public health hazards from the city’s out-of-control bum population that it poses an actual threat to public health. Think the city wants to do anything about that? Nope—but tobacco, well, that’s politically incorrect.

  11. Will S.

    May 10, 2015 at 5:25 pm



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