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October 7, 2009

Furor over HST


But many of the rich will still pay little or no tax..

” Furor over HST, the HST  the obvious injustice of shifting tax from big business to the consumer,   taking money out of the pockets of the everyday citizen.

The HST dance is a tango, a tango for   governments  that want tax relief for big business even it means hiking taxes on the rest of us,  where  the federal, provincial  Liberal’s Conservative  partner from Ottawa is clearly in the lead and they falsely want tax relief for big business even it means now again hiking taxes on the rest of us. A tax hike where the Consumers, not the corporations, are to pay for this  new policy oof helping the rich het richer,  part of the ongoing fight , the growing economic gap between the very   rich getting richer,  at the expense of the rest of the  poorer persons  in Canada.  

Prime Minister Stephen Harper  his federal Conservative government is awfully fond of the HST.His  2009 budget, backed by the federal Liberals, insisted on harmonization. On page 166, it specifically even mentioned B.C. as one of its targets. Then the feds offered a staggering $1.6 billion to the B.C. Liberals to make the HST happen, and they got stingy when the province tried negotiating any limited exemptions.

Yes  the HST also represents a  sloppy, incoherent public policy. Just last week, the House of Commons approved a new home renovation tax credit that the government deemed so important as to risk a fall election over it. But the HST would negate any benefit derived from the credit by adding tax on renovations.  However, given an opportunity to cut taxes for their pals in big business, all other principles are secondary. It then becomes an issue of who has to pay for those tax cuts.

Over the past decade,  Canadians have had to pay for huge corporate tax cuts by suffering through huge cuts to social services, health care, education, and now arts funding, health research, community grants and parents’ councils. With the HST, we are now paying for corporate tax cuts by paying more at the till — for basic needs like food and vitamins, bicycles, haircuts, funerals, and even taking your pet to the vet. The HST fight is thus the latest chapter in the growing economic gap between the very rich and the rest of us in Canada. By allowing these measures to go through without at least mitigating the impacts on Canadians who are already struggling, we allow that gap to grow again.”

Harmonized tax, the federal government has had its hand in a substantial tax increase that’s coming to residents of Ontario and B.C. After July 1, federal and provincial consumption taxes will be combined into one harmonized tax, or HST, in these provinces, meaning some services that previously were only taxed with GST will now be hit with PST, too.  Prices for haircuts, dry cleaning, utilities, airfares and much, much more will rise by eight per cent in Ontario and seven per cent in B.C. In Ontario, a $20,000 home renovation bill that used to cost $1,000 extra in GST will rise to $2,600 in HST after Canada Day.  Many people in B.C. are already outraged by the planned imposition of the HST, largely because Premier Gordon Campbell just won his third majority by promising, among other things, no new taxes. In Ontario, many people seem completely unaware of the substantial tax hike that’s going to hit them come July 1. Harper claims reducing the GST by 2% under his Tory government but he has indirectly forced Ontario & BC to increase the overall Tax(HST) by 8% by $6 Billion bribe for these govt. So all the boasting of reducing the Tax is in effect is increased tax by 8%. With youth unemployment at around 20% and National one around 9%(excluding the long term jobless), the Canadians are being taxed by further 8% In addition the growing Deficit now standing at $56 Billion – expected to rise to over $60 Billion by Christmas break. Does this Conservative government deserve any credit for handling the Economy & Jobless. The Answer is NO. Come on Uncle Steve! Tax us to death! Bring on more taxes! Let’s all live in poverty! McGuilty AND Flaherty both should be hung out to dry over this one.  It’s time for a full blown tax revolt. How much is enough???? If you’d just clean up the waste, you would not have to keep robbing taxpayers  McGuilty AND Flaherty both should be hung out to dry over this one.  It’s time for a full blown tax revolt. How much is enough???? If you’d just clean up the waste, you would not have to keep robbing taxpayers. Let’s get it straight, the HST is a tax break for businesses and a tax hike for working citizens. Trickle down economics was long ago proven to be a sad idea.  The businesses’ savings will not be passed on to us. As an example, when Harper cut the GST, the movie theatres just raised their prices so the price of admission didn’t change, but they made more money. The more this type of slight of hand happens, the less money there will be around to run this country properly- healthcare, roads, schools, safe food etc. It’s just the latest addition to the corporate welfare plan.  Government corruption abounds, the number of pensioners is increasing at a rapid rate, people working in the private sector are doing so at lower wages to support the public employees and pensioners, putting further strain on an already strained system. This cannot go on.  Stevie Harper is going to turn Canada as a 3rd world country. First the 56 billion dollar deficit that could have wiped out our social programs.   Now the low life conservatives, are trying to tax us to death. After Stevie bankrupts Canada, he will go to Fox news.  God have mercy with the low life Conservatives.

The problem(s) I have are –

1. Who pays what, such as large corporations getting tax funded bail outs in addition to being able to deduct PST and HST and GST and all the other T’s as a business deduction. Not to mention all the other neat deductions they get to make.

2. Politicians who keep giving themselves big raises and very sweet benefits not to mention their friends who get even sweeter appointments or huge grossly over paid contracts. Oh yeah. Let’s not forget that those benefits are indexed so the politico’s never have to worry about falling behind.

3. Government waste – Egad. Why does it allways take a special commission or audit that costs more than the savings realized by the commission or audit to find the waste???? What’s the matter with our over staffed, under worked and over paid civil servants???

We’ve got a corrupt national police force, senior (incompetent) executives that screw things up and then cost us a million dollars to fire and a bunch of hot air ballons in Ottawa that would rather call each other names than get on with running this country efficiently.

I find this all revolting which is what I wish Canadians would do.


First it was the GST, now it is the HST tt causes the Conservatives to be so hated.


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