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Government Pulls String on Tampon Tax

Canadian lawmakers respond to "No-Tax" Petition


Consider it an early Happy Canada Day gift from the federal government to you. From July 1st, Canadian women will no longer pay tax on tampons or any other sanitary product.

You could say it's the gift that keeps on giving — every single month, in fact.

The motion comes three months after a group called - for real - Canadian Menstruators started a petition that ultimately garnered more than 74,000 supporters. Voices were raised and heard, finally.

The Excise Tax Act has been amended since taxing menstrual products is essentially discriminatory and in no way are such products considered "luxury" items (the definition of a taxable product in this fine land of ours).

Australia is hoping to follow suit, with a petition of its own making the rounds. Hey, if it's good enough for the Canucks...

What's so crazy about this story is not that it's happening on what may eventually be known as Menstrual Hygiene Day; but the fact that the exemption is only happening now, well into the 21st Century.

At least that's one thing to be thankful for the next time you find yourself reaching for the Advil and chocolate. And sorry if you're looking for someone to PMS at, but Harper is now officially beyond reproach. 

So long and good riddance, tampon tax - well, the GST component, at least. You may still get nailed with PST depending on your province. Quebec, for instance, charges 9.975 per cent. 

Personally, I think menstrual products should be free AND delivered to your door in a cute parcel because it's bad enough having your period without adding insult to injury. Who's with me?