Montreal is pressuring Quebec to approve a 1% municipal sales tax so that cities can get a piece of the lucrative extra charges tacked onto our purchases, just days after the federal GST got reduced from 6% to 5%.
I hope this isn’t a selective thing, in which some cities will charge different tax rates from others. That would be a recipe for disaster and rampant loophole-exploitation.
Instead, perhaps the provincial government should increase the provincial sales tax by one point, and put that money into something important like health care.
UPDATE (Jan. 8): No dice, Quebec says.