British Columbians are not going to be fooled

On June 24th, you will be asked to decide what should be done with the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).  The HST is a $1.9 billion tax shift away from big business onto individual taxpayers, and it was a tax change that was implemented against your express wishes.

When the HST was first announced, the BC Liberals said it was the single greatest thing that could be done to improve our economy.

British Columbians strongly disagreed.  More than 700,000 British Columbians signed a petition against the HST; an unprecedented statement of clear opposition.

British Columbians said that the HST was a tax cut for corporations that had already received numerous tax breaks, and that it was unfair that regular people would have to pay more.

British Columbians also said that items that were formerly exempted from tax such as bicycles and Energy Smart appliances would now be taxable, and that we would no longer be able to establish our own tax policy within British Columbia’s borders.

The BC Liberals would not listen.  They pushed ahead with the implementation of the HST.  That decision ultimately resulted in the resignation of Premier Campbell, a startling reminder of what happens when a government completely loses touch with the people that it is supposed to serve.

But what of the new Premier?  Has Christy Clark been any more responsive or respectful in her handling of this file?

The list of Christy Clark’s flip-flops and dodges on the HST issue is too long to articulate here but it is clear that everything is being done to muddle the issue.  There is an attempt to buy off British Columbians with their own money by promising that the rate on the HST will be dropped at some future date.

Premier Clark has also embarked on a $7 million taxpayer-funded campaign to convince you that we can’t afford to cancel the HST.   But British Columbians are not going to be fooled.

You are going to get one more chance to tell the BC Liberals that they can’t get away with forcing this tax on British Columbians.

Next month, you will receive a mail-in ballot asking you to make choice.  I think you will agree, the answer to the referendum question ‘Are you in favour of extinguishing the HST and reinstating the PST in conjunction with the GST?’ can only be YES.

MLA Report is written by Norm Macdonald, MLA for Columbia River – Revelstoke

 

Just Posted

Federal candidates talk most pressing issues in Revelstoke

Concerns include jobs, logging, climate change, affordable housing, Highway 1

Kootenay-Columbia riding candidates have Canada’s highest expense limit

Facebook data also shows who is buying ads on the social media website

Revelstoke roads and weather: avalanche control planned

Expect 20 min road closures west of Revelstoke on Oct. 21

Competition shakes up for the Okanagan Mixoff

The Okanagan Mixoff takes place Nov. 7 in Kelowna

Everything you need to know before getting the flu shot

Island pharmacist shares concerns, recommendations before flu season hits

Viral video sensation brings skills to Okanagan

Jacob Moon joins Hear the Music for concert and workshop

Walk this way, if you dare at North Okanagan farm theatre

Caravan Farm Theatre near Vernon presents Walk of Terror

‘Sky didn’t fall:’ Police, lawyers still adjusting after pot legalization

Statistics Canada says 541 people were charged under the federal Cannabis Act between Oct. 17, 2018 and the end of the year

Fewer people prescribed opioids in B.C., but other provinces lack data: doctors

Patients who began taking opioids were prescribed smaller doses for shorter duration

Electric cello, stolen from vehicle in Williams Lake, returned to U.S. owner

Rita Rice of Texas said she and her husband had given up hope of ever seeing it again

Most Read