Editor, The Record:
Re: Selling HST to the ‘me’ generation (B.C. Views, June 1.)
From ‘my’ perspective, Tom Fletcher omitted some key points.
The main stumbling block is the way the government brought it to life. Lies and deceit. This “revenue neutral” tax is going to be a boost of $1 billion for the year to government coffers. Taxpayers’ money, as was the $1.6 billion from the feds.
The governments of this country have it backwards when they think they can just up the ante when they need more revenue to cover their outlandish spending. They should be looking at reducing expenditures instead of increasing taxes.
Heaven help us if this HST boondoggle gets the NDP elected next time out. I think the populace has to vote yes in the referendum to show government that we have been pushed far enough.
If, as Fletcher says, haircuts and restaurant meals stay taxed if we go back to the PST, that might cause a bigger kerfuffel that this one.
Jim Anderson, Victoria