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Canadian states waive tax receipts for good causes

Saturday 4 July 1998 @ 2:00 - GMT

In Canada, several provinces have agreed to part company with more than C$500,000 in provincial sales tax generated by the runaway success of Elton's musical tribute to Princess Diana.

 

The single was number one for more than 25 weeks, and remains in the top-five even today, as singles are less in vogue than are albums. That said, the money raised is all

the more impressive.

 

As fans mark Diana's birthday this week, Canada's provinces decide which charities will receive the money. In Ontario, sales of more than 600,000 CDs have yielded tax of C$388,000.

 

British Columbia picked seven charities that will receive the C$56,000 in tax collected there.

 

Alberta has no provincial sales tax and Manitoba decided to keep the money in general revenues, which will benefit municipal education, health and family services.

 

Province Saskatchewan has collected about C$40,000 and plans to donate it to charities related to world peace and famine relief. New Brunswick donated about C$40,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society and AIDS New Brunswick.