The outcome of the recent HST vote is interesting.
When voting for leaders, people should vote passionately. When voting on policy, people should vote intelligently.
The recent vote for the taxation system was a vote on policy and the citizens chose to use this vote as a way to punish the leaders who lied and then adopted the HST anyways. There is no other reason that I can see for choosing to move backwards to the archaic PST of B.C.
Taxation should be fair. In the old system, some items were taxed and others not, some companies collected this tax, others did not, some companies remitted this tax and others did not, some entrepreneurs tried to understand the tax and others ignored it.
The government was unable to monitor, collect, audit or enforce this taxation system even with a costly and bloated department of staff.
The new value-added tax system is fair and is easily managed and collected. When our teachers are the lowest paid in Canada, when we are unable to find a family doctor, when our mills are being closed, when the cinema industry stops filming here, who would vote for an inefficient, unfair taxation system that left the door wide open for tax evasion… hmm?
Fred de St. Croix,