Re: Two sides of the debate: Politicians respond, Burnaby NOW, July 15
Harry Bloy, counsels us to vote in favour of the HST. His reasoning is based on the assertion that if it fails, British Columbians will blow a $3 billion hole in the province's finances. If anyone is responsible for such an idiotic happening it is, Gordon Campbell and the B.C. Liberals.
In some strange manner of logic, Harry Bloy has totally dismissed the extra tax placed on some 72 items plus the $2 billion corporate tax cut the citizens of B.C. will be forced to pay each and every year. In their desperation for ready cash, the B.C. Liberals grabbed the sign-on bonus for the HST, while ignoring the warnings of the right-wing C.D. Howe Institute that the HST could lead to five years of increased unemployment, lower wages and productivity.
Instead they believed the advice of Jack Mintz, ex-head of the C.D. Howe Institute, who spun a tale of 100,000 B.C. jobs over the next 10 years, which was later recanted. The HST was conceived in deceit by the B.C. Liberals, who are now attempting to force the taxpayer to look after their illconceived burden. I'm saving my no vote to go against the B.C. Liberals in the next election. In the meantime, I will vote yes on the HST referendum.
Brian O'Neill , Burnaby