Booze to take a hike this spring

by Morinville Online Staff

April 1, 2023, will see a significant increase in tax on beer, wine and spirits, but it’s no April Fool’s Day joke, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation lobby group, who are calling on the federal government to end the tax.

“Ottawa’s alcohol tax bender needs to end,” said CTF Federal Director Franco Terrazzano. “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rubbing margarita salt in the wound by using high inflation to binge on higher alcohol taxes.”

Federal excise taxes will increase by 6.3 per cent on April 1 as part of an annual escalator tax passed in the 2017 budget that is tied to inflation.

Currently, alcohol taxes account for roughly half of the price of beer, 65 per cent of the price of wine, and almost 75 per cent of the price of whisky and other spirits.

“This alcohol escalator tax hike is undemocratic and allows politicians to duck accountability,” Terrazzano said. “If politicians think Canadians aren’t paying enough tax, then they should have the spine to at least vote on the tax hike.”

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  1. Politicians dont have spines. Only sticky fingers and fat wallets stuffed with all our money. Riddle me this, how is it that politicians NEED a six figure salary. How many people do you know make six figures all the while not doing anything helpful, bickering and arguing instead of reaching common ground or even answering a question, or been caught stealing at their jobs? I cant think of a single person that fits that description except politicians.
    We need to reclaim our government like Norway did and rewrite our constitution because this is not the Canada I was born in.

    • I would disagree this isn’t the Canada you were born in, as its a byproduct of liberal and conservative governments. I agree we do need a more progressive and real left-wing governing party like Norway and other Scandanavian countries with better quality of life as well.

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