Skip to main content

An NDP MP re-introduced a private members bill Monday that would save women hundreds of dollars in a lifetime on feminine hygiene products.

Winnipeg MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis first introduced the bill last February, but it did not make it into law.

In the House of Commons Monday, she said that charging GST on products used exclusively by women is "unfair and discriminatory. It targets women financially, solely because of our reproductive role.

"It would be of particular value to lower-income women. I urge all members to support this initiative," Ms. Wasylycia-Leis said.

The federal GST is charged on all feminine hygiene products sold in Canada.

However, it may be difficult for the bill to make it into law because government bills take precedence over private members bills in the House of Commons parliamentary process.

An Ontario MPP, Marilyn Churley, also to get the federal government to remove the tax on tampons and sanitary napkins in 2002.