New Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is already backtracking on a promise his party made during the 2015 federal election.
Diverging from both the Liberal and Conservative parties, Singh is promising to impose a sales tax on Netflix if given a mandate in 2018.
In addition to costing Canadians, this particular reversal will also drive away private business.
Foreign companies like Netflix are exempt from Canadian sales tax so reneging on this would result in millions of Canadian consumers paying the price.
The NDP's Netflix tax would add roughly $2 per month to a consumer's subscription.
Quebec’s Liberal government claims they’re losing up to $20 million from the 1.2 to 1.45 million households that use the service, so they’re pushing for this tax and have made it a hotly contested issue.
A joint statement released by the NDP’s Heritage and Finance critics asserts their flip-flop is in the name of fairness, but seeing a brand new NDP leader take an entirely different position on an issue all three parties agreed to should raise some eyebrows.