Bennett talks tax to chamber members

Bill Bennett, Kootenay East MLA, was the guest speaker at the monthly Sparwood Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday last week.

Bill Bennett, Kootenay East MLA, was the guest speaker at the monthly Sparwood Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday last week.

Bennett’s main topic was B.C’s exporting efforts and the importance of Asia Markets, especially the important part the Elk Valley plays in it.

Bennett told the audience that B.C. has been dependant on exporting to the United States for the past 100 years, and he thinks it is time to look at other options.

Bennett praised the Elk Valley for being a major contributor to the China Market. Bennett also explained the importance of encouraging foreign students to study here, saying that international students are now one of B.C’s largest exports.

Bennett said that international students pay full price for tuition, allowing colleges and universities to create additional seats and better infrastructure.

At the end of the presentation, Bennett took questions from the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce members.

The first question was “What are the Liberals and NDP’s plans to repay the HST?”

 

Bennett responded by saying that the government needs to keep their AAA credit rating so they need to repay it with a balanced budget. Bennett told the members it is doable but not easy and that the NDP have not provided any workable solutions to date. Bennett stressed that the HST is a good tax and benefits most small business owners, and bringing back the PST was not just about the repayment to the Federal Government but also about fixing the PST, which he said is broken.

 

 

Just Posted

Ghostriders show grit and tenacity

Hard work and heartbreak; a reoccurring theme in Fernie’s past two hockey… Continue reading

Fernie Swim team aims for Nationals

Aidan Chudleigh has high hopes for his swim team this year, and… Continue reading

Jaffray Area OCP goes to public hearing

The public hearing will be held November 22nd at 7:00 PM at the Jaffray Community Hall.

Oil dumped illegally at Tie Lake Transfer Station

The Regional District of East Kootenay is searching for any information in… Continue reading

Forecasters promote avalanche safety awareness

Avalanche Canada advising backcountry enthusiasts to get proper training and equipment.

100,000 bulbs shine bright for Lights of Hope

St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver launched its annual campaign to raise funds for equipment, research

Sparwood florist to compete nationally

The Maple Leaf Cup; where art and flower design meet under one… Continue reading

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Hammy the deer dodges conservation officers in Prince Rupert

The famous Prince Rupert hammock deer maintains his purple threads

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Nasty note on B.C. windshield sparks online outrage

Vernon’s Bailey McDonald is using a painful experience to start conversation about invisible illness

Federal funding to combat guns, gangs and opioid crisis

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said illicit drugs are often main cause of guns, gangs violence

Riverview youth mental health centre proceeds

Replacement for Maples Treatment Centre first announced in March

Dead boy’s father posts Facebook response after Appeal Court upholds conviction

David, Collet Stephan were found guilty in their son Ezekiel’s 2012 death from bacterial meningitis

Most Read