Mayor Rob Ford is abolishing tax on plastic bags reportedly due to complaints from the public and due to the fact that the 5 cent tax goes back to the retailer. The money from the tax doesn’t go toward environmental funds–as commonly preconceived. Mayor Ford commented to the National Post: “I don’t want to burden the businesses with it to say that you’ve got to pay x number of dollars into this environmental program, so I don’t know what the answer is. But the taxpayers shouldn’t pay these five cents anymore.” He continued by stating that there was little sense in taxing the customer and having the tax money go back to the business.
Mayer Rob Ford wanted to scrap the tax on single-use plastic bags in response to pressure of the public. Basically, the grumbling of people who don’t want to pay a whole nickel for tax got to Ford, and a spokeswoman for the mayor said, “People are sick and tired of being nickel and dimed to death, so he would like to address the elimination of the bag tax,” (December 2010). The bag tax also went directly into the pockets of the businesses dispensing them, not intended for any special cause, which probably doesn’t make people feel any better either.
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