Stop tax­ing elec­tric bi­cy­cles

Times Colonist - - World -

Since it is pro­vin­cial govern­ment pol­icy to en­cour­age peo­ple to en­gage in healthy ac­tiv­i­ties, thereby re­duc­ing health-care ex­penses for the prov­ince, why does it im­pose a pro­vin­cial sales tax on elec­tri­cally as­sisted bi­cy­cles (e-bikes)?

A large seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion de­sires to ride a reg­u­lar bi­cy­cle but are un­able to do so be­cause of ag­ing. An e-bike pro­vides these se­niors with the op­por­tu­nity for healthy ex­er­cise.

Reg­u­lar bi­cy­cles are not sub­ject to pro­vin­cial tax, pre­sum­ably for the rea­son men­tioned above, so why is the govern­ment dis­crim­i­nat­ing against se­niors by tax­ing this newer mode of cy­cling?

In all fair­ness, please re­move this dis­crim­i­na­tory tax. Sonya Bar­dati Parksville

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