HST dying slow death

There seems a disconnect between the time it took to impose it and the time it will take to get rid of the HST.

Bill Vander Zalm just cannot seem to find a way to simply go away. Love him or hate him, the political gene drives The Zalm, who is back in the news.

One, he is writing a book detailing his success in leading the brigade that killed the hated harmonized sales tax.

(Despite some in the media who accuse Vander Zalm of profiting at the expense of a provincial economy they say he has helped make shaky, the former premier has said proceeds from the book will go to charity).

Two, Vander Zalm is threatening legal action as he accuses the B.C. Liberals of profiting from taxpayers by deliberately delaying the time it takes to return the province to the GST/PST taxation model.

On this point, it is hard to argue with Vander Zalm.

The B.C. Liberals won the election on May 16, 2009. On July 23, 2009, then-premier Gordon Campbell announced the move to a 12 per cent HST, effective on July 1, 2010.

However, the HST was implemented well before July 1, 2010 as anyone making travel plans in May of 2010 is well aware. Any travel or services booked after May 1, 2010, for use as of July 1, 2010, was subject to the HST.

So, it took Victoria and Ottawa a mere nine months from HST announcement to HST implementation.

That it will take double that amount of time to revert to the GST/PST seems ludicrous.

Vander Zalm claims the B.C. Liberals are delaying in order to reap as much tax revenue as possible from residents.

If that’s not the case, perhaps local Liberal MLAs can explain the time frame better than has Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, who continues to offer vague statements about going back meaning having to take steps that have never been taken before.

— editorial from the Kamloops This Week/Black Press


Just Posted

Retired Nanoose Bay teacher ‘Set for Life’ after $675K lottery win

Shannon plans to buy new sails for his sailboat

Country music star Aaron Pritchett back in Qualicum Beach to play benefit concert

Singer to headline Thalassa restaurant fundraiser for Ronald McDonald house

Qualicum school district sees utility costs go down

Capital funding opportunities promote clean energy and drive efficiencies

Order in the chambers: Qualicum Beach votes for council code of conduct

Coun. Robert Filmer’s motion passes unanimously at town meeting

Rainbow crosswalk in Qualicum Beach covered in mysterious black substance

‘It was disappointing to see this act of disrespect take place inside our community’

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Cross-examination begins for B.C. dad accused of killing young daughters

Andrew Berry is charged in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey in 2017

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

BC SPCA overwhelmed with cats, kittens needing homes

Large number of cruelty investigations, plus normal ‘kitten season’ to blame

Wife charged in husband’s death in Sechelt

Karin Fischer has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Max

B.C. Hydro applies for rare cut in electricity rates next year

Province wrote off $1.1 billion debt to help reverse rate increase

Most Read