Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
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May 19, 2010
There was an exercise in democratic protest on the front lawn of the Ontario legislature on Wednesday – literally.
A couple of hundred fitness buffs held a mass workout on the front lawn to show their displeasure with the government’s new harmonized sales tax. They say it will add to the cost of gym memberships and discourage people from living healthy lifestyles.
Gym owner Andy Soumbas spearheaded the protest. “When [the government] announced they were going to do an exemption on the HST on fast food that really stirred something in me,” he said.
Last fall the Liberal government held a news conference at a Tim Horton’s outlet to announce it was exempting fast food meals under $4 from the tax
Soumbas says adding eight per cent to the cost of fitness memberships and kids recreation programs “is really promoting obesity,” he said.
About 12,000 people signed a petition asking that the HST be removed from fitness memberships.