An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no GST on books or pamphlets)

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.


Alexa McDonough  NDP

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


Not active, as of April 26, 2006
(This bill did not become law.)


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This enactment amends the Excise Tax Act to eliminate the goods and services tax on the sale of books and pamphlets.


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Excise Tax ActRoutine Proceedings

April 26th, 2006 / 3:15 p.m.
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Alexa McDonough NDP Halifax, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-229, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no GST on books or pamphlets).

Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege to introduce this private member's bill. We continually remind Canadians of the importance of education and literacy in today's world, yet the government continues to tax the sale of books and pamphlets. The purpose of this private member's bill is to remove the GST on books and pamphlets so that our taxation practices are consistent with our professed commitment to encourage Canadians, in every possible way, to read in this knowledge based economy, where knowledge is so necessary to navigate our world.

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