Like most British Columbians, I was totally appalled after the last provincial election, when the Liberals broke their promise and brought in the HST. Myself and many of my friends signed the petition against the HST.
When Gordon Campbell resigned and Christy Clark took his place and announced the changes to HST, I read all the information that was presented by the government and business and thought perhaps maybe it wasn't so bad after all, even to the point I was going to vote No to accept the HST.
However, several things have since occurred to me. Why are we paying this extra tax and getting back a one-time small token of $175 and then being promised the tax will be reduced to 11 per cent next year and 10 per cent in three years? There is no guarantee they will with the way the Liberals lied last time. Why is the government and big business so enthusiastic about this tax?
They say it's going to lower prices of goods and services and add more jobs to boost the economy. But after the first year of this tax, there is no indication of this. But what really turns me off to voting for the HST is the fact the government is willing to spend $6 million on promoting this tax to the voters, money that could be used for health care and other more important things. Of course, the Liberals may raise the PST and use it the same way the HST is being used now if they don't manage to get the vote for the HST. Anyway, something really smells bad about this, and I'm glad I am seeing the way to go and that is to vote "Yes." I want to scrap the HST.
Cody Tabois, Burnaby