Important Update on Trudeau Government Plan to Tax Your Health and Dental Benefits

I want to thank the many of you for your emails to me on taxing health and dental benefits. The Official Opposition completely agrees that such a tax is not only detrimental to hardworking families that rely on employer-provided health and dental benefits, but also simply represents an increased tax grab by the current government.

I want to thank the many of you for your emails to me on taxing health and dental benefits. The Official Opposition completely agrees that such a tax is not only detrimental to hardworking families that rely on employer-provided health and dental benefits, but also simply represents an increased tax grab by the current government.

The Official Opposition pushed back on this issue with significant force. As the Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance, I had been working to have this issue brought forward front and centre at our committee, so that we could hear from stakeholders and individuals on how this tax would negatively affect them.

We also introduced a motion which read: “That, given the average middle class Canadian is already overburdened with taxes, the House call on the government to abandon any plans it may have to in any way tax health and dental care plans” .

As you may have noted from recent news coverage, last week Prime Minister Trudeau, in response to a question from the Leader of the Official Opposition, stated in the House of Commons that the government would not tax these benefits. However, only a day later the government voted against our motion.

The Official Opposition will continue to monitor this situation to see whether the Prime Minister “misspoke” again, or whether he will stick to his promise in the house not to tax these benefits. We could not have pushed back on this issue without your support, and for that I am grateful. We will continue to hold the government to the Prime Minister’s words.