Expect to Pay a Little Bit Less for Your Feminine Hygiene Products this Canada Day

A few hours ago, the Canadian federal government agreed to remove the tax on tampons, sanitary napkins, menstrual cups, and other similar products on July 1.

GST is typically applied to “luxury” items not considered essential to daily life. This extends to items such as cocktail cherries, wedding cakes, and Viagra – and until July 1, to a product that around half of the Canadian population must use every single month for close to 40 years.

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen spearheaded the campaign to eliminate the tax, with the support of female Conservative MPs who told their colleagues that if they did not support the motion, the women would not show up for Monday night’s vote. The campaign had snowballed when the group Canadian Menstruators launched an online petition that garnered over 74,000 signatures.

This is an incredible step forward for Canadian politics and it demonstrates the importance and effectiveness of women being involved in politics!


—-Danika Leminski, Official journalist/blogger of Equal Voice uOttawa Chapter


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