October 18, 2017

Dear Jamie Oliver: Canada doesn’t need a fruitless tax on sugary drinks

David MenziesMission Specialist

Famous chef and self-described healthy food advocate Jamie Oliver recently lectured Canadians about our tubby ways in a Globe & Mail article.

Among other things, Oliver alleges that obesity costs Canada between $4.6 to $7.1 billion annually in health costs and lost productivity.

Despite this, Chef Oliver notes it’s also a really exciting time for Canada:

“Your government is on the precipice of putting together a properly joined up, logical childhood-obesity strategy. One that touches all parts of the food environment – businesses, schools, the workplace, food companies and parents – asking everyone to do something to make a difference and break the cycle.”

Oliver bemoans the missing piece in the Canadian government's anti-obesity plan: an absence of a tax on sugary drinks.

He notes that France, Hungary, Mexico and Norway all have a so-called soft drink tax and says in all these places, it’s working.

But is it really? Because there’s plenty of evidence indicating that a sugar tax does little to improve obesity rates.

Besides, we’re taxed enough in this Dominion so please stop pestering us to adopt a soda tax. We don’t want it – even if you say “pretty please with sugar on top.”

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commented 2017-10-18 16:56:56 -0400
Jamie Macmaster both are correct.
commented 2017-10-18 15:49:34 -0400
I’m getting so confused!
Oliver has an opinion….and we know that opinions are just like arseholes, because everbody’s got one.

But Oliver is an arsehole…. so does that mean that Oliver is just like an opinion…..or, does it mean that everybody has an Oliver?

Somebody, help me out here….
commented 2017-10-18 13:52:10 -0400
All celebrities it seems support the globalist narrative and poke their nose this into the lives of every day people.. he like all the rest is only entertainment in the form of such that we could easily with out… Why can’t these celebrity millionaires mind their own damn business spending enjoy the money they have so we can do the same..
commented 2017-10-18 13:50:46 -0400
Dave, you’ll have to forgive Jammie, he’s from a socialist autocracy which is in economic and cultural decay, he thinks virtue posing from a hypocritical position is normal.

There is no health issue with sugar – just refined, sugar concentrates and chemical substitutes – the liver cannot break down long chain refined sugar molecules – go with natural sugars and you’ll be just fine – drink beer not pop.
commented 2017-10-18 12:20:47 -0400
No wonder Jamie Oliver weighs in. He knows we are prime targets because we live in a nanny state that wants to tell us what to do at every turn.
commented 2017-10-18 11:50:48 -0400
Jamie Oliver should stick to cooking and writing recipes. Obesity strategies do have to look at personal responsibility at some point & provide help and support. Also, a couple of decades ago, many school boards cut daily physical education from the curriculum; and, with technological advances, many kids adopted sedentary lifestyles; physical activity has dropped and busy parents rely on prepared meals which have higher sugar; salt; and carbs etc…
Taxing soda is a lazy strategy, and, governments already over tax working families.