Memo to Morneau—a federal soft drink tax will do little to fight obesity

The federal government appears to be contemplating a tax on soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages to fight obesity in Canada. According to the Canadian Press, Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office requested an analysis be conducted in this regard. The request came ahead of a Senate report on obesity recommending that the government “[c]onsider a tax on sugar- and artificially-sweetened drinks.”Several U.S. states and countries around the world—including Demark, Finland and Mexico—have experimented with so called “fat taxes.” The evidence shows such taxes have been largely ineffective and have produced a number of unintended consequences.Consider the results of research into

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