|Letters - Letter to the Editor|
It’s bad enough that the province has to repay the $1.6 billion to the federal government for cancelling the HST.
What makes it worse is that the federal government has been collecting the revenue from the HST and will continue to do so until it's finally gone.
The feds will keep the revenue from the HST and we will still pay them back the $1.6 billion. This is a windfall for the federal government on the back of the BC taxpayer.
This is so one-sided.
I think that Kevin Falcon sold out the province. He should never have agreed to pay back the $1.6 billion without subtracting the amount that federal government has already received.
The original agreement stated that after five years the province could cancel the HST without penalty. Falcon has said that we won’t be getting rid of the HST this year.
Now we’re looking at 2013 before it’s cancelled. It’s conceivable that we could have it in place for five years with the federal government collecting all that revenue, and still have to pay back the $1.6 billion.
Kevin Falcon is pointing fingers at people like ‘Fight HST’ for wanting to get rid of it, and saying how much it’s going to cost to cancel it.
Bottom line? BC taxpayers are being punished for exercising a democratic right to get rid of a tax we never agreed to in the first place.
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