In fact,he says it will only cost the average British Columbian a couple of hundred dollars a month, but the benefits are far greater! That is right folks, Gordon Campbell is going to be doing us all a HUGE favour with this HST!
But wait – Finance Minister Colin Hansen’s claims are even better.
At a Surrey Board of Trade meeting in September of last year, he actually told the rather disbelieving audience this:
” … That’s not to say that every product will be cheaper, but it’s safe to say that every product will be cheaper than it would have been without the HST. “
I think he forgot how many small business owners were in the audience that day, but I can assure you – they have never forgotten the line Colin tried to schmooze them with that balmy fall day.
Well, it is a new year, a new season, and the anti HST petition is in full swing. Personally, I still can’t wrap my head around that quote above.
If Gordon Campbell is so confident that this HST is a wonderful opportunity for our province and the people for British Columbia, why was he reduced to making personal attacks against one of the organizers of the Fight HST initiative, Bill VanderZalm,in a post throne speech and in a Liberal Caucus press release?
Why isn’t he out on the road now, making sure British Columbians know exactly how good this tax is for them? Hmm? Where is he ?
Oh yes… I forgot. He’s busy supporting Kash Heed during his troubles involving an RCMP investigation ! ( remember Kash – deny deny deny)
( I totally digress here but why did he support NorthVancouver MLA Jane Thornthwaites decision to stay on in the face of a drunk driving charge, but thinks Kash should step down??) Oh wait. Having been there himself, he must know what she is going through….
And, I think , he must also be quite busy concocting an explanation for the massive stink arising from the BC Place / Casino Royale debacle…. ( this story seems to have been smothered in the MSM recently and seems doomed to fall silent if not disseminated through the underground media, far and wide). The links in this post are the most recommended reading I could suggest, apart from the ongoing outrage on the Basi-Virk publication ban.
Thank God for Sean Holman, of Public Eye Online, who – without those ongoing monthly $10.00 donations – would never be able to continually bring us these kind of breaking stories!!! ( I rarely endorse, but this is an exception – I truly believe we need Sean’s in-depth investigation to keep our government accountable, so fork over your beer/wine/pizza/sushi/*-bux money for a really good cause)
ANYWAYS…. getting back to the HST…. would you like to know what I think?
I think the Liberals are desperate. Like, grasping at straws, desperate. Begging on your knees desperate.
I think they are so worried about the reality of this HST, and all the government cuts they have made that have unfortunately preceded the introduction of this latest money grab,that they will do anything they can to deflect attention away from the effort to fight the HST,and the massive opposition among the residents of British Columbia.
I say, let’s really find out how much the HST will really cost us.
Let’s stick to the facts of what this added tax will mean for people across BC.
The organizers of the Fight HST group ( www.fightHST.com), have asked editors of newspapers across British Columbia to publish the HST HIT LIST, created by a group calling themselves www.angryformerliberals.ca
So far, I haven’t seen the list anywhere. Have you ? This was released in September of last year and I have seen yet to see this in a large publication.
That’s why I have it here for you today, so you can find out NOW, what this tax will mean for you and your wallet, if you don’t work with all of us to stop this tax.
The list contains many of the items that were previously exempt from PST ( 7%), but would now be taxed under the new HST -adding an extra 7% to the cost of each of those items, or services.
To make it even easier for everyone, that means you will pay an extra 7 cents in taxes for every dollar in the cost of the item !
To calculate your cost for a years worth of HST for your family, check each item on the list that affects your family, and beside it, write the weekly/monthly/yearly cost for that item.
At the end of the list, total all individual amounts and multiply by 7% to see how much this tax will REALLY cost you…..
Ready? To get a copy of the chart, click on the PDF format file below: