Would a tax deter you from grabbing that sugary drink and opt for something healthier?
The B.C budget committee recommends a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.
Thirty percent of all young people in BC are overweight or obese.
That’s why Chair of the Childhood Obesity Foundation, Dr. Tom Warshawski, supports a recommendation to add a tax to soft drinks, energy drinks, and even sweetened vitamin water.
“This is a bad product, this is a product that isn’t even subject to the PST, never mind any additional tax that would help offset the cost of this product to society.”
He suggests a 30 cents per litre tax, which could mean a 30% increase on one & two litre bottles of pop.
The committee’s recommendations are non-binding.
No surprise here, but the beverage industry is against the idea.
President of The Canadian Beverage Association, Jim Goetz, says it’s could threaten BC jobs.
Goetz says a “grocery cart” tax won’t solve the complex problem of obesity and diabetes.