Monday, July 11, 2011

Five Thoughts on... the HST Referendum

  1. I hate the fact that we're having a referendum after the fact. While I thought the way that the tax was brought in was duplicitous and completely undemocratic, at my core, I'm cheap. Now that the money's being collected, I'd rather see it going to something other than a single-shot, mail in decision.

  2. On that note - how many people are doing the vitally important research into understanding what they're voting for here? And how many are going to be snowed by the political posturing, misdirection and sleight-of-hand that's appealing to their emotion, rather than their logic? Far too many are going to fall into the latter camp, I sadly believe.

  3. To all of those people who are voting to scrap the HST: what makes you so sure that we're not just going to get another, more expensive tax in it's place? Remember, this one is going to drop to 10% if we keep it.

  4. Another thing to keep in mind - we (British Columbia) received $1.6 billion dollars from the federal government for harmonizing our tax... call me crazy, but I don't think that they're going to let us keep it if the HST is scrapped. So then - how are we going to pay back what we've already spent, and where are we going to find more money to make up for all the things this money has been allocated for? I have a hint for you - some sort of tax. No way to avoid it.

  5. Finally - just because there are things that were PST exempt before that now have HST attached... what makes you so sure they're still going to be exempt if the HST is removed? Something to think about.


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