To the editor:
First, governments do not always tell the truth.
Second, If the provincial government can take a two per cent hit on its share of the HST to bribe us into keeping the new tax, why couldn’t they have promised to reduce the PST by two per cent prior to the last election?
Third, the liberals have promised to reduce the HST to 10 per cent in two phases. But there is no guarantee that the HST will stay at 10 per cent after 2014. As a matter of information, the Value Added Tax in Europe averages 21.5 per cent so you can expect an accelerating increase in the HST after 2014 to “catch up” with the increased financial burden on the government.
And lastly, allowing the feds to have more control over provincial revenues is like a dog yanking on a leash. The more the dog keeps pulling, the more leash you keep giving until you eventually have lost all control.