Most provincial revenue comes from taxes, which in turn funds the services we use.  How the province chooses to brings in its revenue matters: over the years, our tax burden has shifted away from corporations and onto the individual consumer. While user fees have also steadily increased, the HST most recently has became the lightning rod for voters angry at financial decisions being made which disregard the interest of individuals in favour of business.  Future governments now know that the public must be included in decisions that affect our pocket books.



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Excerpt from Vaughn Palmer's June 30 column on HST and independent politics

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As independent MLA Vicki Huntington prepared to vote for the B.C. Liberal government's fixer-upper motion on the harmonized sales tax, she tried to clarify her intentions for the benefit of her constituents.

Much to question as Victoria gets crafty in bid to sell HST

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A week ago you received a pamphlet in the mail titled "HST referendum Voters Guide." If you looked at the last page, you would see reference to Elections B.C. and, if like me, you may have assumed it was a pamphlet published by Elections B.C., the neutral party in this referendum. Not so!

MLA takes gov't to task over biased HST guide

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Did you receive the HST Referendum "Voters Guide" the other day? I did. And so did the good people whom I work with at the Ladner constituency office.

The guide struck us as a peculiar, agenda-driven voter information package, so we phoned Elections B.C. to confirm it had sent it.

No such luck.

Voters angry because they can't trust Liberals to fix HST fiasco

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Last week the provincial government announced changes to the HST that it promises to implement if the tax survives the coming referendum.

The changes include lowering the rate from 12 to 10 per cent over several years, mailing out rebate cheques to certain B.C. families and increasing business taxes to help make up for lost revenue.