To the editor:
We need to look back to the beginnings of this HST fray and remember that it wasn’t just another tax that angered the public; it was the way it was done. No need to rewind that sordid story and its aftermath, but don’t think it won’t be a factor in the upcoming referendum vote.
Taxpayers felt scorned, manipulated and disrespected by the political establishment and left without democratic representation as their elected representatives hung them out to dry and supported the tax, with the sole exception of Blair Leckstrom—who now supports it as a cabinet minister.
Such is the sad perversion wrought by the doctrine of party discipline which has hijacked democratic representation.
The top few who run this province are gyrating with offers and maneuvers to save the tax, but it would be a huge mistake for taxpayers to roll over for these people. By offering a few minor adjustments to the original scheme they infer they think we are somewhat Pavlovian and can be made to do anything if we are given a treat, a pat and a promise they will actually make the adjustments after the vote. It’s costing $7 million of our money allocated by the government arguing for the tax, versus $250,000 for the against side—further cynical disrespect.
I personally am astounded by the fact that in all the words of advocacy spoken and written by politicians, and for that matter some of the media, I have not heard a single, solitary word of concern or sympathy about where the money has to come from; the taxpayers’ pocket which is already taxed to hell. It has all been about how HST best serves the government’s needs.
So when you vote, just remember you are also voting not to be kicked around by an inadequate system of representation that should have seen your MLA fighting like a tiger for you because the vast majority of you clearly thought this tax was unfair. You need to teach the system a lesson—don’t trivialize us. Make them dig their own way out of the hole they dug for themselves in the first place.