An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act

This bill was last introduced in the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in May 2004.


Judy Wasylycia-Leis  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Not active, as of Feb. 26, 2004
(This bill did not become law.)


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Excise Tax ActRoutine Proceedings

February 26th, 2004 / 10:10 a.m.
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Judy Wasylycia-Leis NDP Winnipeg North Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-488, an act to amend the Excise Tax Act.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to introduce this private member's bill which seeks to eliminate the goods and services tax on feminine hygiene products.

The GST on tampons and sanitary napkins amounts to gender-based taxation. Taxing essential and necessary products used exclusively by women is unfair and discriminatory. It unfairly disadvantages women financially solely because of our reproductive role.

The bill would benefit all Canadian women at some point in their lives and would be of particular value to lower income women.

I urge all members to support this initiative.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)