Soda Tax

The Case Against Taxing Soda

David Gratzer | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Politics
David Gratzer

The biggest target of obesity in North America? Soda. Many experts now claim that soda is the new tobacco -- indeed, Google those terms and you get more than 7 million hits. For them, Coke is the new Camel. Let me take a step back and note the basic problem in fighting obesity like we fought tobacco.

Fat Tax Won't Cut Government Bloat

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.10.2012 | Canada Politics
Neil Seeman

Provinces that propose to tax sugary beverages may increase their general revenues; but as a strategy to reduce the severe chronic illness and huge financial costs associated with obesity, it will fail to accomplish anything -- except expanding the power of bureaucrats.

Denmark's Big Fat Tax (and What it Means for Us)

David Gratzer | Posted 12.04.2011 | Canada
David Gratzer

Only you can manage your own diet and your own calorie intake. No government, no restaurant, no physician can do it for you. It's this complexity that makes personal health responsibility so important in reversing the obesity epidemic.

Will a Junk Food Tax Work in Canada?

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.11.2011 | Canada
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Obesity has become a "collective" issue that presumably concerns us all. Just last week, a coalition of health and education experts repeated their call for the Quebec government to introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks and so-called "energy drinks."