An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (funeral arrangements)

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


Scott Simms  Liberal

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


Introduced, as of March 25, 2011
(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 (GST) on the sale of goods and services under an arrangement for funeral services.


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Excise Tax ActRoutine Proceedings

March 25th, 2011 / 12:45 p.m.
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Scott Simms Liberal Bonavista—Gander—Grand Falls—Windsor, NL

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-644, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (funeral arrangements).

Mr. Speaker, if my career continues I am sure that no one would say in my riding that there had been such zeal and zest as you have done over these past few years, and I thank you for it. I thank you for the tremendous example you have given me as a parliamentarian.

On my private member's bill, I do not mean to make light of the situation, but death and taxes are always a certainty. Unfortunately, when both are combined it is unjust, in my opinion. When it comes to funeral arrangements, I propose that the government get rid of the federal portion of the taxes required. It is an indignity.

I want to thank my hon. colleague from Random—Burin—St. George's who feels as passionately as I do about this. She is seconding this bill.

I leave this with the House as what is seemingly my final moment here to bring forward some legislation.

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