To the editor:
I am writing regarding the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) referendum results.
Previously, (Premier) Christy Clark said if the people didn’t support her on the HST, she would call a provincial election after the referendum. Well, she lost.
But is she going to keep her word? No.
She is such a poor loser she has reneged on her promise and says she will hold the election in 2013.
Not only that, but like a spoiled child, she seeks to punish us by saying it will take 18 months to remove the HST.
It didn’t take anywhere near that long to implement it, and it doesn’t take anywhere near that long to disassemble it.
A mere 24 hours of announcements in the media is all it will take to tell purchasers they no longer need to pay HST, and businesses no longer need to collect it.
At the same time, they tell all businesses that any HST collected, and not filed to date, needs to be submitted by Sept. 30. Then, they would have to notify all employees of the HST that all rebates must be sent out by Oct. 31.
And finally the same announcement informs the government employees they will be laid off by Nov. 30, which gives them time to clean out their offices, wipe all their hard drives, send all their desks and office equipment to the store room, and apply for transfer to another department.
All told, it would take a lot less than 18 months.
Then, the people will see that Ms Clark is an honourable person who believes in democracy and maybe, just maybe, she will win the next election, whenever it is held.
Lee A. Wood