How far can the government go to direct our lives?
Is the government looking for even more reasons to somehow tax us?
Recent reports of a potential tax on carbonated drinks can provide us the answers to both these questions.
Since the Trudeau-led Liberal government took charge of the country, the Canadian economy has not exactly been in the best shape. Unemployment rates have shot up and more and more people are finding it hard to afford the basic necessities or carry out their daily expenses. So it seems utterly astounding that the government is planning to impose another unwanted tax on the people.
But it’s true. The government, right now, is in the middle of the process to consider the advantages and disadvantages of imposing a tax on soda pops. The measure, says the government, aims to improve the standards of deteriorating public health.
The government, obviously, claims that this effort is just a part of the larger struggle to assist families in making healthier food choices. Yet, this gives rise to an extremely crucial question?
Where will it end?
How far does the government’s authority to interfere in the consumption choices of the customers extend? When will the government cross the bounds?
But these are not the only concerns that spring to mind when one considers the issue of tax on beverages. Another, equally crucial, question is: would such a measure produce results?
In theory, the government wants to impose a tax on carbonated drinks in an effort to decrease consumption and save the customers from making unhealthy decisions. This sounds like a noble pursuit but, in the absence of implementation, it becomes just another ploy to rake in more money.
And besides, there is very little evidence to prove that imposing taxes on fizzy drinks can lead to decreased consumption.
So what is the government playing at?