Transparent & Open government? I think not Ms.Clark. HST agreement hard to find with doctored links and empty pages.

In yesterday’s post, I gave you the 2009 and 2010 HST agreements, the ones the BC government doesn’t seem to want you to see anymore.

And you might ask yourself why Ms. Clark, whose mouth seems to spew forth more false promises than a crystal ball, could claim open and transparent government when it is anything but.

Here is what I mean.

In looking for the HST agreement signed in November 2009 by Colin Hansen, one might need a research degree. And one wonders why they are making it so hard to find that agreement for the average person.
I posted the two agreements on my site yesterday after discovering how hard it was to find a copy. The original document was at this link, now defunct.
So, I went looking for a copy, and ended up here:
Scroll down a bit to the following section on that page:

BC Comprehensive Integrated Tax Coordination Agreement

The Comprehensive Integrated Tax Coordination Agreement (CITCA) contains the terms and conditions under which BC will participate in the HST with the federal government.
CITCA Amendment (April 2010)
And when you click on either of those links, they go here : which of course, is the BC government propaganda site about the HST.  But unfortunately they forgot to rename the file name of the missing document..,
So… what to do now? If someone still wants to get this agreement, and you search for it on this  HST information site, what do you think happens?
Enter CITC into the search function and you get a few links.. like this one:   

( this link has now been altered since I posted this story– here isthe cached version of what I saw earlier this afternoon ) Click on How the HST is administered- damn they work fast! )
Of course, now you see the agreement highlighted, how great, how wonderful, finally some truth… but alas, click on that link and this is what you get: 

Yes indeed, back to the  main HST website. And I have taken print screens of all of this, which I have saved if need be to show their duplicity. It is really quite tragic, the extent to which they have gone to keep you from seeing that agreement. Can’t have the people figuring out where this tax is all headed now, can we?
You can not easily find that agreement anywhere, in fact if you use the search function on the BC government website, it brings up nothing at all for the actual PDF document if you use the search term “CITC”, it will only bring it up if you search by the full agreement name- not something most average people will know to search.

 In fact, although the link shows it is a HST IN BC file, it does not seem to exist on the HST in BC Site at the above links. I tried every one. My copy was downloaded from a google cached version I located on the web, in case the original changed.

Of course, the reason behind all of this duplicity is that if you read the agreement, it is clear that the government can just as easily raise that tax – as can the feds – something the government has never  really mentioned in all their talk of reducing it over the next couple years. Actually, they’ve really never talked about it at all.

 It’s that crucial part about  how much they could and likely would jack it up after that period of reduced taxation, that is missing from all their information… which is why that agreement must not be shown on the HST information site.

You don’t have to have a degree in business or finance to understand the basic premise of raising the tax down the line, which is why it is imporant for every British Columbian who is eligible to vote in the referendum, to  take the time to actually read those agreements. You don’t need to pay attention to the formulas, and the complicated items, just those items I listed in the blog post linked to at the top of this story, or scroll down to yesterday’s story right below.

But then again, what more would you expect from the woman who still denies any involvement or knowledge related to the sale of BC Rail, despite more information coming to light from fellow blogger Alex Tsakumis?   Or the woman not capable of speaking to any important environmental issue in the province?

Families first? Sure… right after she sells what is left of BC right off the map.

HST agreements for easy reference – Vote Yes to say NO to the HST

The Comprehensive Integrated Tax Coordination Agreement between British Columbia and Canada, signed by Colin ( it wasn’t on the radar) Hansen and Jim Flaherty in November 2009. ( PDF format- this document was removed from the BC government site )


** Note: In this agreement, it states that the provincial portion of the HST “may be increased, or decreased, in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement after a minimum period of two years from the Implementation Date. Following that two-year period, any change in the PVAT Rate in respect of the Province, as permitted under the provisions of this Agreement, will not occur more often than once in any twelve-month period. “

Which means that once a year, the province can not only decrease the tax if they wish, they could increase it as well…. something you may not be aware of.

Also of importance is this statement:

“Canada may propose any tax base change in respect of CVAT and the Province agrees to be bound by all tax base changes that are implemented in respect of CVAT.” CVAT refers to the federal portion of our HST.

“If there is a change to either the CVAT rate or the PVAT rate of a participating province in a tax entitlement year, the share of tax revenue of Canada and of each participating province for that tax entitlement year will be re-calculated to account for the rate change and be effective as of the effective date of the rate change.

Meaning the CVAT – the federal part of the HST- can be changed as well. How often and how large, I can’t tell, but the way I read this agreement tells me that we have little say over whether or not the Feds can up their portion of the tax or not.

So sad for you, and me, and the rest of BC that are not aware of this agreement and what it means for sovereignty of this province. And every country that has had a Value Added Tax like our HST, has increased it greatly.

When you read the above link, read all of the first section, then fast forward to Annex’s ‘B’ and ‘C’ for some interesting info on transitional payments and changes to the either the federal or provincial parts of the HST.

A dire warning to all. Beware what promises are made now, that reduction will disappear, if in fact it occurs at all. They can turn around and raise that HST even higher than it is right now.

 Read the agreement.

And of course, you must also take a look at the Reciprocal Taxation Agreement between British Columbia and Canada, signed June 30th, 2010, by Colin( it might have been on my desk)  Hansen. ( again, PDF format)

Research, and educate yourself. Take part in your future, don’t sit back and let others do it for you~!


Vote Yes to say No to the HST.  “Decide what you believe and stand up to be counted.”