Open letter to Ben Stewart, Westside-Kelowna MLA:
So you think the facts regarding the upcoming HST referendum can best be explained using the stick man vs. straw man. (Stick Man vs Straw Man at Heart of HST Debate, May 20 Capital News)
Sir, maybe you are hoping memories fade, because wasn’t it the Liberal Party’s leading cartoonist’s who engineered and created the “Straw Man” caricature.
I believe Premier Campbell and Finance Minister Colin Hansen, created this when they failed to disclose facts about the HST to B.C. citizens prior to the election. How can anyone else be responsible?
An independent cartoonist could not have done better.
If, as you say, the facts alone would have supported the HST or “value-added tax,” why the dishonest approach with its introduction?
And sir, if you had knowledge about the HST prior to the election and didn’t share it with us, your constituents, then you also failed in your duties as our MLA. And, surely agreements already concluded with the Government of Canada on the HST would top that list?
But, like you stated, “it’s dishonest, but unfortunately it can be a very effective strategy.”
Oh, excuse me—you were talking about someone else.
Now, Premier Christy Clark has the task of softening the impact of the HST on families, something never considered earlier.
Now it’s your turn Ben, step forward, represent us, and keep us informed. We don’t need a delivery boy.
David W. Kuhn,