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.