GOV­ERN­MENT SCRAPS BEER TAX IN­CREASE PLANNED BY LIB­ER­ALS

Calgary Herald - - CANADA -

The On­tario gov­ern­ment is can­celling a sched­uled in­crease in the provin­cial beer tax that was set to kick in Nov. 1, for­go­ing $11 mil­lion in po­ten­tial rev­enue. The Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives said Fri­day that the three-cent-per-litre in­crease was planned by the pre­vi­ous Lib­eral regime and will be scrapped. “This is just one more tax hike that was due,” said Fi­nance Min­is­ter Vic Fedeli, pic­tured. “We look at ev­ery sin­gle op­por­tu­nity to rein in the taxes. From the largest pos­si­ble, the cap-and-trade tax, all the way through to the beer tax.” The gov­ern­ment said beer taxes have in­creased by three cents per litre each year since 2015. Beer and wine taxes brought in rev­enues of roughly $589 mil­lion in 2016-2017. The beer tax hike would have net­ted $11 mil­lion be­tween Nov. 1 and March 2019.

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