moved for leave to introduce Bill C-436, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (no GST on funeral arrangements).
Mr. Speaker, when the government talks about a $21 billion surplus over two years, it forgets to tell us that that money came from people who have to go through the aspect of burying a loved one or having somebody cremated. I cannot figure out why the Conservatives, in the eighties, put this tax on crematorium and funeral services. It is unacceptable.
This bill would remove all federal taxes from funeral and crematorium services.
It is tough enough when a loved one passes away. It is tough enough to have to pay taxes on top of that, which gets to the old adage that there are two things in life we cannot avoid: death and taxes. I do not think we should tax death. It is as simple as that.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)