Costs of dumping HST coming home to roost? OPINION

Letters to the Editor

Costs of dumping HST coming home to roost?

 

 

The blame for this deficit disaster rests with those culpable, Gordon Campbell, Kevin Falcon and the rest of the Christy Clark Liberals.

It was foisted on British Columbians within weeks of an election that was not part of the Liberal platform.

Indeed, it was categorically denied that it was even on our radar.

But, I humbly offer Mr. Falcon a solution to this $2.2 billion deficit:

The Liberal government decreased the corporate income-tax rate to 10 per cent, from 16.5 per cent in 2001, saving corporations $7.7-billion in tax cuts.

These savings were costs shifted to individual BC taxpayers.

Did these cuts create more jobs? Not at all, as BCs unemployment rate is higher now than in 2001, when the Campbell era began.

BCs August 7.3 per cent unemployment rate continues above the national average and significantly higher than Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Mr. Falcon, a reversal of these unproductive cuts will reduce your deficit, eliminate the 2001 Liberal user fees and put more money in the taxpayers pocket, increasing overall disposable income thereby truly stimulating BCs economy.

Just a suggestion.

 

 

Kenneth Goodfellow

Port Moody, BC

 

Just Posted

Abra Brynne wins Kootenay-Columbia Green Party nomination

Brynne is one of three candidates who will challenge MP Mayne Stetski

Structure fire near Elko quickly contained, spreading prevented

A quick response by local firefighters today prevented the spread of a… Continue reading

Huckleberry harvesting restricted to protect grizzly habitat

The Province is restricting commercial-scale huckleberry harvesting to protect grizzly bear habitat… Continue reading

American Kevin Sheehan crowned champion at Fernie disc golf tournament

Close behind was Calgary’s Bogdan Szafranowicz and American Brian Bjortomt

Fernie woman creates sanctuary for people of all ages, abilities

By Mary Giuliano In Fernie as in most places, many projects that… Continue reading

VIDEO: Reports say Lashana Lynch is the new 007

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as Bond one last time

Nine kittens and cats rescued after being locked in bins in northern B.C.: SPCA

SPCA says cats were starving, and matted with feces and urine

High-speed rail link would run from Vancouver to Seattle in under 1 hour: study

Annual ridership is projected to exceed three million

ICBC insurance renewals get more complicated this year

Crash history, driver risk prompt more reporting requirements

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

U.S. tug firm to be sentenced for 2016 spill in B.C. First Nation’s territory

The Nathan E. Stewart spilled 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils in October 2016

Asylum figures show overall slower rate of irregular crossings into Canada

Between January and June 2019, a total of 6,707 asylum seekers crossed irregularly into Canada

Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

Most Read