Remember that BC Liberals promised us a rose garden. The pain-free HST would amp up the economy, create thousands of new jobs and lower prices through elimination of cascading taxes, greater business efficiency and reduced bureaucracy. I’ll allow that it has barely been four weeks but has anyone noticed any price reductions?
A friend sent a note that demonstrates a price outcome slightly different than that promised by Assistant Chief Fustilarian Colin Hansen:
Just thought you might be interested in another example of the bs about the HST having a positive effect for business.
Before HST, the SeaWest Lounge was $10.00 to enter when traveling [by BC Ferries] between Schwartz Bay and Tsawwassen.
I just paid $12 and the person behind the counter said, well, it was going to cost $10.70 so I guess they just took the opportunity to raise the fee!!!!!!
I suppose it is win-some, lose-some for consumers. The Vancouver newspapers assured us that businesses would pass through saving through elimination of the old retail sales tax so at least those prices went down. Right? No, the single issue price went up 25%. What a surprise.