Last week, there was much discussion of taxation in Canada. By far the biggest conversation was about taxing greenhouse gas emissions. But in the shadows of the carbon tax debate, the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology released a report on obesity. Among its recommendations, the committee suggested that Ottawa “assess the options for taxation levers” for sugary drinks. This is by no means a ringing endorsement of a tax on soft drinks. But one can only hope that the report will kick-start a badly-needed discussion in Canada about the merits, some might say the imperative, of a tax on sugar.
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