Here then is Bill Vander Zalm's view of the HST:
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Bad news it is, but Premier Gordon Campbell tries to have us believe it's a good news story.
The premier tells us that a new 12% consumer tax will create jobs. He tells us it's good for business because it simplifies things.
Not too surprising some of the liberal media go along with this deceitful line and report it in this vein.
A tax is never a good thing – only true Liberals believe taxes are good.
They thrive on taking a lot, redistributing most, and keeping some for the politicians for such desirable things as expensive perks, travel to distance places for studies, severance pay should
they decide to quit or be defeated because they did a poor job, and bigger pensions,
We now also have bureaucrats making over $ 1 million per year and you must contribute to that too.
Imagine a new 12% tax announced only 3 months after the Liberals were elected on the charge that the NDP were the “Taxers”. They told us, time and again, that they would never introduce a new tax during an economic downturn.
We're now also being told that they had to do this because their Liberal counterparts in Ontario have done this too – hogwash!!!
This new tax will impact everyone and everything. Some may think that because we've heard complaints mostly from prominent restaurateurs that the wealthy will be hardest hit, because they'll now pay 12% tax on a restaurant meal.
They forget that a hamburger and a cup of coffee will also have a 12% tax added. The reality is that practically everything will cost more and the government in Victoria will rake in extra billions of dollars.
The sad part is that the poorest people will be hardest hit – with this type of tax the poorest pay most as a percentage of their income.
Everything will cost more and the only wage increases will go to the politicians and top bureaucrats. It seems its always been this way, but nothing near or comparable to what we see now.
So what about the economy? Anytime a government does a two billion dollar tax grab it's going to cost jobs – not make jobs - except for more government and bigger bureaucracies.
What do you think this will do to tourism? Will it encourage visitors to come and pay 12% more? What about house building? Will a 12% tax on houses encourage more building? The answers are obvious.
What may not be so obvious is that this was probably a one man decision.
What may not be so obvious is that the government faces embarrassing budget over-runs with the Olympics and elsewhere, and more money from you may overcome this.
By the time the next election comes around you'll probably have forgotten who did this to you.
My friends are calling for a revolution or recall of the entire government. I tell them British Columbians don't revolt very easily.
If any of you reading this have any suggestions about what we might do, and where and when we begin, I’d like to hear from you.
Send me an email via my website at:
Bill Vander Zalm
Former British Columbia Premier