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Food should never be taxed

Editor, The News:
Re: ‘New tax devil is not friend of mine’ (Letters, Feb. 23).
I heartily agree with Wayne Clark in what he said about the negative effects of HST for seniors and other people who are suffering financial difficulties.
I want to say that, before HST, we properly paid no tax at all on food supplements (think nutritional benefits), and that was as it should be. We now pay 12 per cent HST on all our food supplements, and that is dead wrong, counter productive for health care and outrageous.
 With constant pressure on the national health system, struggling to the detriment of many Canadians on the waiting lists and filling the spaces for treatment of all kinds, our authorities should welcome the users of food supplements to maintain our own health and get away from reliance on the overworked and often unhelpful health system.
To impose the 12 per cent tax on the purchase of the supplements is sheer madness and ought to be cancelled immediately. Food is food and should never be taxed.
 Dick Hunt
Maple Ridge

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