June 04, 2014
Conservatives finally listen to reason and cancel iPod tax
NDP pressure pushes Conservatives to back down
After months of intense pressure from the NDP, the Harper government has finally backed down and cancelled the unfair iPod tax that was passed in the 2013 budget.
“It’s never too late to right a wrong. This tax was unfair to Canadian consumers, who were forced to pay more for their MP3 players,” said NDP Finance critic Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley).
Ever since the 2013 budget was released, the NDP has strongly condemned this new set of taxes on several consumer products, including MP3 players, bikes and tooth brushes.
“For the NDP – but especially for consumers – this is a great victory. Not only has the iPod tax been cancelled, but the government is planning to pay back $27 million to electronic-sector merchants who were forced to charge this unfair tax,” added Cullen.