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To Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chystia Freeland:
Your government has implemented a “tax escalator” that will automatically increase taxes on beer, wine and spirits each year.
Taxes already make up nearly half of the price of beer, over 60% of the price of wine and 80% of the price of spirits.
Further, automatic tax hikes are undemocratic, lack transparency and are completely unfair to Canadians.
When governments raise taxes, they must be open and accountable about doing so. Hiding tax hikes is not acceptable and is an evasion of political responsibility.
We the undersigned call on your government to repeal the tax escalator on beer, wine and spirits.