A new poll shows the HST is still unpopular with most British Columbians. This comes in spite of the Liberal government’s “2 percent” solution. More interesting are their reasons, if the comments on news items are any guide.
Many people are still angry at the way the Liberals basically stole the last election by lying about their tax plan. Some resent the way Premier Clark is using public money for her campaign to save the HST.
But many comment on the way the HST is designed to shift costs from corporations to consumers. They understand that while we all benefit from public services, business owners benefit twice. As citizens they receive public healthcare, use public roads, picnic in public parks – just like the rest of us.
At the same time their businesses profit from the skilled workforce coming from our public education system. Their companies use public power, public water and public infrastructure. It is only right that they pay a fair share for this double benefit.