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The iPod tax chronicles

The continuing saga of a tax the government doesn’t want to exist


 

The Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters is unimpressed with the government’s handling of tariff changes.

As Mike Moffatt noted two weeks ago, importers of various electronics say they were misled when it came to the rules for importing MP3 players and various other goods. Appearing before the finance committee, Jim Flaherty deferred to the need to collect “end user certificates,” but Mike raises issues with that explanation. And, in light of other disputes, Mike looks at the larger concern of retroactive taxation.

See previously: Still trying to explain the iPod tariff


 

The iPod tax chronicles

  1. In related news, Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz outlined plans to introduce The Dead Horse Flogging Act with escalating fines for repeat offenders.

    “Ralph Klein popularized ‘shoot, shovel, and shut-up’ when dealing with the BSE crisis” Ritz fondly recalled. “We’d like to add ‘sheesh’ with more emphasis on the shut-up“.

    Asked to commment, NDP critic Pat Martin replied “Ritz is crackers”. And referencing Macleans support of the beating stated “Step aside. PM now has the handle”.