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

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session and the 40th Parliament, 1st Session.


Paul Dewar  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Jan. 26, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

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

November 21st, 2008 / 12:10 p.m.
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Paul Dewar NDP Ottawa Centre, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-206, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no GST on books or pamphlets).

Mr. Speaker, as an educator and as someone who supports access to books, one of the things we can do is eliminate the cost of books. We saw this recently with the cost of books going up. Punishing people who want to educate their children and themselves is something we should not do, and I believe that having the GST on books and education materials does just that.

This bill would alleviate the costs that people must pay to educate their children and themselves.

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