Will the border south of Nelson get even busier come June 1 when the federal government relaxes duty free further?

Feds throw another punch at Nelson area

The federal government doesn’t seem interested in making life any easier for commerce in the hinterlands.

The federal government doesn’t seem interested in making life any easier for commerce in the hinterlands.

For communities scattered along the American border, one item leaped off the page of last week’s Tory budget offering. Starting June 1, Canadians who travel south will now be able to open their wallets even wider. The 24-hour tax-free exemption will rise from $50 to $200 and the 48-hour exemption will jump from $400 to $800.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty stated that the measure is intended to ease congestion at border crossings and reduce the amount of lying that takes place there.

For communities like Nelson, Trail and Castlegar the move means weekend excursions to Spokane will likely add up to more dollars spent in an economy that provides no true local benefit.

“I’m not terribly concerned about the cross- border shopping because we haven’t changed the 24-hour rule,” Flaherty said.

Perhaps the finance minister should step away the from his Ottawa dreamland and speak with retailers along Baker Street. We’re certain they don’t have the same worry free attitude.

It’s disappointing to see such disregard for small business from a government that pretends it cares about this hard working sector of our economy.

Like so many decisions coming out of Ottawa, little can be done once the feds have made up their minds. So what can we do?

Just like before the budget, those who truly care about this community need to look deep into their consumer value system before spending more disposable income afar.

The fact small business in this community continues to support charities and youth sports has not changed. Your neighbour who owns a shop on Ward Street will still continue to recycle the money you spend in his store on other services in this community. The vibrancy of Nelson will always be built on the spirit of those taking risk. Customer service will always be better coming from those you pass daily on the street.

The lack of care shown by the federal government for rural Canadian border towns is disappointing. But the bottom line still weighs heavily on individual choices.

 

Just Posted

Little Wagon Theatre brings comedy to Nelson streets

There will be various performances of It’s Jest a Show throughout the weekend

Hometown gold for rowers at Nelson Regatta

Rosie Velisek and Jesse Harold won three golds Saturday

LETTER: Time to roll back power prices

FortisBC is overcharging customers, Andy Shadrack argues

Taekwondo is a family obsession at Nelson’s Yom Chi Martial Arts

The Jordahls have found success with their Baker Street dojang

Nelson city hall will fly Pride flag this year

Council will develop a policy for future flag decisions

B.C. wildfires 2018: Hazy skies impacting crews in spotting new fires

18,000 people are on an evacuation alert, with 3,000 homes under an evacuation order

Minister optimistic after 2 days of Columbia River Treaty negotiations

Canadian and U.S. officials met in Nelson Wednesday and Thursday to discuss future of the treaty

Man dies in B.C. police cell while awaiting court hearing

An independent investigation is underway after a man died while in Penticton police custody Aug. 16

RCMP appeal for tips, dashcam footage in German tourist shooting west of Calgary

The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre

2 nurses attacked at B.C. psych hospital, union calls for in-unit security

PHSA says that in-unit guards would do more harm than good

Former B.C. optician won’t be jailed for sexually assaulting minor

Kenneth Pilkington sentenced to 24 months’ probation for offence three decades ago

B.C. program to educate parents reduces ‘shaken baby syndrome’ by 35%

Period of PURPLE Crying was launched nearly a decade ago

Red Cross now accepting donations for those impacted by B.C. wildfires

The Canadian Red Cross is asking for help now and in the weeks and months ahead.

B.C. golfer, just 23, scores the rare albatross

Six-million-to-one shot a first for the Terrace club

Most Read