Editor: How could seven mayors institute a provincial tax? Since when do mayors have the power or the right to bring in a provincial tax? They do not.
That is what this ‘yes’ or ‘no’ plebiscite is all about — giving permission for a tax promoted by city mayors. It will fail, as they have no power to do such a thing. Instituting a provincial tax is the responsibility of the provincial government, not the mayors.
It seems to me that our provincial government has used similar techniques as in the movie, “The Sting” — once over the initial hurdle, which in this case was convincing the mayors to take on this issue, our provincial government thinks it is free and clear. It is not.
These seven mayors were coerced into this position of failure. There is no way the ‘yes’ vote will succeed, and then our provincial government will blame the mayors.
The seven mayors should never have taken on this issue. This is the provincial government’s problem, and we pay MLAs to take care of it. It is time it took care of business, instead of telling us all about how well it has balanced the budget.