Wow, the BC Liberal Government and ideologues in Canada’s
newspaper salespaper industry sure think we are stupid. Wednesday, Elections BC announced the question to be voted upon in British Columbia:
“Are you in favour of extinguishing the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) and reinstating the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) in conjunction with the GST (Goods and Services Tax)? Yes/No”
Thursday, the Globe and Mail, reporting on “previously unreleased” government documents, headlines:
Remember that day in July 2009, when confident, smiling Gordon Campbell and trusted associate Colin Hansen announced imposition of HST. They said “Stakeholders have called for a harmonized sales tax.” (Errr, that would be industrial stakeholders, not the 4.5 million citizens they failed to consult during the election held weeks before.) Campbell and Hansen said things were certain about HST. In addition to it being wonderful, “It’s essentially revenue neutral.”
I’ll award a well thumbed copy of Stan Walters’ book The Truth About Lying to the person who provides the best explanation of this question:
How does revoking revenue neutral HST cost $5 billion dollars in lost government revenue, thereby resulting in smiting of firstborn male children, doubling of personal income taxes, an eightfold increase in residential school property tax, a sixfold hike in motor fuel tax rates and substantial increases to other provincial taxes and dramatic cuts to provincial programs and expenditures?