Target: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
Goal: Applaud Canada for getting rid of a restrictive tax on menstrual sanitary products.
A discriminatory tax on menstrual sanitary products like tampons and pads has been repealed by the Canadian government after decades of struggle. People should never have been forced to pay more than others to maintain their basic hygiene. Praise Canada’s leadership for getting rid of this ridiculous tax.
For the past 20 years, tampons, pads, menstrual cups, and similar hygiene products have been subject to Canada’s “Goods and Services” tax (GST). This is a five percent tax reserved for items the government considers “nonessential” or “luxury.” Clearly, however, menstrual hygienic products are neither of those things, because getting periods is not an optional thing a person chooses or chooses not to do.
Activists have been trying to get this tax repealed for these necessary items for decades. Thankfully, the government has finally relented—starting July 1, the GST will no longer be applied to menstrual sanitary products. The decision is being hailed around the country as a victory for people who have periods. As the prominent activist Jill Piebiak put it, the government will finally stop “[making] money off of our bodies.”
Periods are not optional, and neither is maintaining one’s health and hygiene. People don’t deserve to pay more than they need to to meet these needs. Sign the petition below to thank Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for finally recognizing this and repealing this discriminatory tax.
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
I am writing you today regarding the repeal of the “Tampon Tax” your country had had on the books for a number of decades. I wanted to take the opportunity to express my gratitude to you and your government for taking this historic, long-anticipated step.
Maintaining hygiene during one’s period is a matter of health. Access to tampons, pads, cups, and other sanitary products is necessary for people who have periods to maintain both their own health and to maintain a baseline level of cleanliness that society demands. Such vital products, consequently, should be made as readily available as possible.
The five percent tax that people who experience periods were forced to pay on top of the price of the product itself constituted a significant obstacle to low-income cisgender women and others’ maintenance of their hygiene, and by extension, their health. As such, it was unjustifiable and its repeal is welcome, if overdue. I thank you for doing the right thing and finally ending this ridiculous tax on peoples’ health once and for all.
[Your Name Here]
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