Cross posted from Honestly Shared Taxation, another blog I co-author with writer Norman Farrell.
Jonathan Fowlie of the Vancouver Sun has breaking news this September 1st,2010. Here is an excerpt:
FOI documents: B.C. government adopted HST despite warnings of negative impact on the economy
13 months after Freedom of Information request, heavily censored documents reveal discussion surrounding harmonized sales tax
VICTORIA — The B.C. Liberal government pushed ahead with a harmonized sales tax despite warnings at the highest levels that such a move could lead to at least five years of increased unemployment, lower wages and depressed productivity.
“While the long-term economic gain [of the HST] is relatively clear, harmonization will cause a short-term loss in GDP and unemployment,” says a briefing note prepared by the top official in the B.C.’s tax policy branch for Finance Minister Colin Hansen.
“[A C.D. Howe] study suggests that it may take five or more years before the impact on GDP is positive and even longer for real wages and job numbers to recover,” the note said.
“Given current economic conditions, this could be a concern.”
The revelation came Wednesday in documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
Those documents also reveal that top bureaucrats in Victoria were discussing a possible move to the HST as early as March 2009 — a month and a half before the provincial election and far earlier than the Liberal government has ever acknowledged.
Campbell and Hansen have repeatedly said the HST was not on the government’s “radar screen” until after the May 12, 2009 provincial election.
The Sun has posted those documents online here: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/news/3470614/story.html?tab=PHOT
What more can I say? How about this:
If this were any other country,people would be flooding the streets in anger.There would be a general strike. There would be mayhem and people would storm government offices. Think Greece, Italy.
But this is British Columbia,and as much as I feel actions like those would certainly allow anger to be voiced, what else would it accomplish?
We will Recall in the Fall, and we will demand Honestly Shared Taxation.
The government knew it might take up to and over 5 years to recover from the job loss, the wage loss and the productivity loss the implementation of the HST would create,and they still felt giving big business priority over the people who elected them was the answer.
Let me tell you, they were wrong. Dead wrong and we must all send a message any way we can.
Money apparently is the only thing Gordon Campbell and the Liberals understand,so we have to speak to them using that language.
There is a growing HST consumer boycott action underway in BC. Many people have chosen to boycott both the companies who supported the big business legal challenge that failed,as well as boycott any business who has supported only the BC liberals through corporate contributions over the years Campbell has been in power. It is a personal choice as to who one chooses to boycott, and why.
Political contributions are public information, and can be searched through this database:
I can not stress enough how important it is to notify each company you are boycotting as to why you will no longer be supporting their business. If you do not,you have wasted the power you have to put pressure on those big businesses who can pressure the government to repeal this tax, and pressure the Chamber of Commerce to stop promoting the HST.