Alberta scraps fitness tax incentive

Alberta Health Minister Ron Liepert says a tax break for people to get in shape has been eliminated due to the cost.

CALGARY — Alberta Health Minister Ron Liepert says a tax break for people to get in shape has been eliminated due to the cost.

A private members’ bill, which would make Albertans eligible to claim up to $500 each for fitness expenses, was passed in the legislature last year, but scrapped in last month’s provincial budget.

Liepert defended axing the tax cut, even though MLAs found enough money to give themselves big pay raises, not long ago.

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