(Re: Scrap HST, Burnaby NOW, July 1.) Kathy Corrigan and Raj Chouhan write that constituents are sick and tired of the government's deceptions. For their sake, their constituents better not be against all deceptions. Their letter is full of them!
Here is one rather strange statement: "with the HST, you pay more and get less in health care, education and other services." How does that work?
They also wrote: "...families are now paying seven per cent more for everything." Really? Was the PST a myth?
Seven per cent on a small number of items does not wipe out the savings achieved on all items going down from 12 per cent to 10 per cent.
Why did they include the purchase of a new home, when the tax only applies to the portion of a house which is over $500,000?
Do they think nobody would scrutinize their letter?
Did the government really say that 100,000 new jobs would be created within a year of introducing the HST? Most people must have understood that such improvements take years, as it did when the GST and NAFTA were introduced. However, by now we have tripled our exports to the USA, with variations, just in case anyone forgot. Price reductions work the same way. They take years in some cases. But competition always kicks in.
Anyway, if their letter is a sampling of our duo's "honesty," better not vote for them or anything they promote! Especially because they are the ones complaining that the Liberals "mislead British Columbians."
Ziggy Eckardt, Burnaby