Wednesday, August 19, 2009

HST or bust

The BC Liberal government's campaign in support of the highly unpopular HST continues today with an e-mail blast from Finance Minister Colin Hansen. In an e-mail to party loyalists, Hansen explains what the HST is and why it's a good thing, defends the urgency in moving to the HST, tells how the HST affects the average taxpayer, gives an explanation of the revenue generated by the HST vs. the current PST, lists supportive organizations, defends the sudden rush to the HST, justifies covering up the HST during the May election, and counterpunches against the NDP attack.

The BC Liberals have come under fire since throwing the plan on voters in mid-summer. Since then outrage from food and building groups, camp administrators, and former Premier Bill Vander Zalm have filled the news.

With a year to go until the tax is implemented and nearly four years until the next election, the government hopes the rage will subside. If the critics have their way, they will successfully brand it as a tax grab and punish the Gordon Campbell Liberals for as long as they can.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's only going to get worse.

It will be quite a while before this fire is put out.

Hansen is only clearing the fire breaks in hopes this doesn't spread.

8/19/2009 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Problem is that everyone wants the government to offer more services and/or maintain the present level of services without wondering where the money is going to come from.
I am not a fan of Campbell but with the worst economy since the depression hitting the world this had to happen. He has to be fair and chop evenly and that includes the public service until things clear up.

8/19/2009 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He start with the Premier's office and eliminate a few "nice to have, but not essential" Ministeries.

8/20/2009 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The BC Green Party has announced it approves of the HST - with amendments.

8/21/2009 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah well good luck on that one.

The BC Liberals aren't going to listen to a honkin' loud has been candidate like Bruce Friesen.

They couldn't even get the fundamentals of the Canada Line right.

Their transportation critic mentioned on the CBC that there was one track on the system, when in fact it is double tracked the entire length except for the approaches to Richmond-Brighouse and YVR.

8/21/2009 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Face reality, the NDP loves taxes too!

8/21/2009 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More so than the BC Liberals do.

Face reality Campbell is supposed to hate deficits, but here we are
and here we go.

8/21/2009 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a bunch of fuss for nothing. hst is actually good for me; my business will get a lot of input credits and more profit at the end of the day. there must be thousands in the same position as me that will benefit too. every policy will have winners and losers, this policy is no different.

8/27/2009 3:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you like that, just wait until you see what other taxes we can come up with.

8/27/2009 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"what a bunch of fuss for nothing. hst is actually good for me; my business will get a lot of input credits and more profit at the end of the day."

and that benfits Joe and Mark Sixpack living on Patrick Street in South Burnaby, how?

"there must be thousands in the same position as me that will benefit too."

Not nessesarily.

"every policy will have winners and losers, this policy is no different"

True, Campbell has lost credibility on this one.

8/28/2009 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let'stake our "business friend" and his gleefully looking forward to profits.

Now since he should be profitable now, and using that as a baseline,
along with his "more profit" at the end of day, where does that "more profit go?". If I were him, I would take an apportion of that additional profit and give it to my employees based on a percentage increase of their salaries.

What will be additional benifit to companies will most likely end up as a burden to consumers including our busines friend with these "increased profit", since he will no doubt not reduce fees or price of goods sold accordingly to
offset the HST. He will want to keep that additional "profit".

He has two choices. Either put that profit back into the company in terms of new equipment, new hires or he can use it to pay salary increases to deserving employees.

If he takes that "increased profit" for himself personally, there's obviously something wrong with him.

He will also have an increase in personal expenditures for everyday things because of the HST, like every other Joe and Mary Sixpack.

8/28/2009 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good for you and your buisness? Smashing. Here's a thing. I just got Canadian citizenship. One of the questions from the study booklet was:
Where are most Canadians employed. The answer was that 90% are in the Service Industry. So I'm glad you are feeling well-fed and able, but the only trickle down effect the average B.C.er is getting, is that of urine from above. I am more than happy to pay tax. I believe in making society better. But this is the feudal system returning. This is the middle class dying. If big business wants the HST, let them carry it. I wonder what Campbell must be thinking-- but of course his friends in business are all of an ilk, and far removed from the concerns of ordinary citizens. I say give the man a job at the keg and pass the tiara to the next swimsuit.

9/05/2009 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You do not want to see Campbell in a swimsuit, (especially a thong briefed swimsuit) ever.

Egads, what were you thinking? Imaginging Campbell bending over? Yuck, don't even look...

9/07/2009 7:35 PM  

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