I love the gall of some phone surveys. I just participated in one that was completely computerized. I wish there had been a real person on the other so I could have told him what I thought of the question.
“Are you in favour of keeping the HST which will go down to 10% or are you in favour of going back to the old PST/HST with a combined rate of 12%.”
First of all the rate does not go down to 11% until next year and then to 10% in 2014. Second, going back to the old PST/GST only means 12% on certain items. Or will they keep the PST on the new taxable items just to punish us?
So when polls come out telling us that support for the HST is going up it is based on a manipulative misleading question which is typical of the government that brought it in.
I am voting to get rid of the tax. Plain and simple I do not trust the government (any government) but especially the BC Liberals.
The people in this province regained democracy through the HST initiative. If we let this government take it back through trickery then we may as well give up.
The Liberals hid the HST from us in the 2009 election. It was not fully debated in the Legislature when it was introduced. With the passing of the initiative petition (which I am sure shocked the Liberals) we are now into a totally divisive, confusing referendum which includes
a mail-in ballot through the summer
a massive ad campaign from special interest groups that can afford to do so
government ads that are not as unbiased as they said they would be
bribery with our own money
It is absolutely sickening.
If the HST is so good, then let a political party campaign to bring it in and, if they gain a mandate to do so, have a complete and honest debate in the Legislature.