Letter: Travelling in B.C.—Bring Cash

Why do corporations get wonderful tax breaks when the average British Columbian is taxed almost to death?

To the editor:

I read with interest MLA Steve Thomson’s column (Strong Tourist Season Just Getting Started, June 1 Kelowna Capital News).

I am very puzzled by it. Mr. Thomson is telling us to have a “staycation” and travel within B.C. He then goes on to say that our Liberal government eliminated a jet fuel tax to “reduce costs for airlines and give travellers more choice.”

I am wondering why, if we are being encouraged to holiday in B.C., the government has not cut gasoline taxes like they have done with jet fuel to “give travellers more choice”? Airlines are in business to make money, and always seem to turn a profit, even with the jet fuel tax.

Why do corporations get wonderful tax breaks when the average British Columbian is taxed almost to death?

I would love to holiday in B.C., but with gas at $1.239/litre (as of June 8) we aren’t going anywhere.

Time to stop coddling corporations, and make living in B.C. affordable. No wonder when people refer to B.C., they really mean “Bring Cash.”

David A. Linge, Kelowna


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