If provincial governments thought taxing legalized marijuana would be a cash cow, the Trudeau government is reportedly aiming to leave them high and dry.
According to a source who spoke with the CBC, Finance Minister Bill Morneau will be pressuring his provincial counterparts to keep the taxation levels of pot low to ensure prices will undercut the illegal drug trade.
Morneau will be making the government’s pitch to provinces during meetings in Ottawa over the next two days.
Governments have traditionally used so-called sin taxes on alcohol and cigarettes as a significant revenue source and a tool to curb consumption of potentially harmful substances.
Is this proposed policy a half-baked double standard?