To the editor:
I would like to think that even if I was a small business owner who was enjoying a modest (at best) benefit from the HST being in place, I would still exercise my responsibility as a British Columbian and vote “yes” to extinguish the anti-democratic tax.
Cast aside all other issues that have been dragged through the mud over the last months. Who cares if you’re a Liberal, Conservative, New Democrat or Green? Who cares if you like or loathe Gordon Campbell, Adrian Dix, Bill Vander Zalm or Christy Clark? It is all irrelevant to the two fundamental problems that the current HST represents.
First: As democratic citizens, if we accept the imposition and continuation of the HST in B.C., we are telling the current government and all that follow in this province that it is acceptable to betray the trust of the people and that British Columbians don’t mind a reality where the province masquerades as a democracy when in truth it is a dictatorship.
Second: The “beauty” of the PST (if there is such a thing when it comes to taxes) is that monies collected via the PST are controlled by our provincial government. Are we really that naive to believe that Ottawa is offering up the HST and then even trying to temporarily sweeten the deal by lowering it to 10 per cent all because they have British Columbian’s best interest in mind?
If the HST remains, British Columbians will inevitably look back at this point in our province’s history—a moment where the balance of control shifted completely away from our own backyard to Ottawa—and realize remorsefully that support of the HST severed our province’s autonomy and turned us into a federal drone.
Yes, the GST/PST system seems more costly at first glance, but it is a small price to pay for transparency: GST is money for Ottawa, PST is money for B.C.
The HST has no transparency—from its inception to infancy, it promises to keep British Columbians in the dark as to where our tax dollars are going and how much is truly staying in our province.
Protect B.C.’s identity as a distinct province of Canada—vote “yes” to extinguish the HST.