“According to the Government of Canada all menstrual hygiene products are considered a non-essential item or luxury,” says the ‘No Tax On Tampons‘ petition, and more than 60,000 people think this is wrong.
As Globe and Mail health journalist André Picard pointed out in an article titled “Tax on tampons is sexist and illogical” in Canada “If you buy an eight-pack of Pizza Pockets they will not be taxed. But if you buy a 10-pack of Tampax tampons, they will be. Which is a necessity and which is a luxury? Which one is a health product?”
The petition’s author, Jill Piebiak, points out “we all know that buying tampons, pads, moon/diva cups, or panty liners is not optional. These products are an essential part of a normal, public life for people with periods.” She wants the tax eliminated and for people to “let our elected officials know that you won’t stand for this unfair tax any longer.”
Since 2011, Official Opposition NDP Member of Parliament Irene Mathyssen has tried to get a private member’s bill (C-282) passed that would remove the tax on feminine hygiene products.
No Tax On Tampons petition – here
Text of MP Irene Mathyssen’s Bill C-282, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (feminine hygiene products) – here
Fort Saskatchewan Record/Lindsay Morey – Ottawa: Stop taxing my vagina – here
Globe and Mail/André Picard – Tax on tampons is sexist and illogical – here