Jack Mintz, former head of the CD Howe Institute – Ontario’s version of the Fraser Institute – was hired by Gordon Campbell to consider the subject deeply and give an independent and unbiased report supporting HST for British Columbia.
This long time business apparatchik, champion of business tax reductions, privatization, free trade and globalization, opponent of public pensions and social programs, considered the subject deeply and gave an independent and unbiased report supporting HST for British Columbia.
He also gave British Columbia a large invoice for this independent and unbiased report. Thank you sir for telling us what is good for business. We did know that before though. BC Liberals make that certain. By the way, Mr. Mintz, with business being enriched with provincial taxes no longer paid, can we afford to lift the ten year freeze on minimum wage? Too soon, perhaps?
NDP economist David Schreck provides a useful analysis of the Mintz conjectures at Strategic Thoughts.
Paul Willcocks at Paying Attention adds his succinct analysis of this report.
The Tyee has a priceless editorial drawing titled Liberal Messaging.