No surprise with Chamber’s position

Tom Thomson presented a very one sided view (business oriented Chamber of Commerce) of the HST.

Re: “Take politics out of HST discussion,” July 22

Tom Thomson presented a very one sided view (business oriented Chamber of Commerce) of the HST.

Mr. Thomson implied that “what is good for business is good for the people of BC.” He also sings the praises of the BC Liberal government for promising to reduce the HST by two per cent.

However, Mr. Thomson has omitted two very important points. The first is that articles that previously were not taxed will be taxed under the HST.

Second, what the Liberal government has promised to reduce before the next election, can and probably will be reversed after the next election should they unfortunately be returned as the governing party.

We have been victims of that doublespeak all too well recently.

Despite Mr. Thomson’s glowing column of why we should vote to tax ourselves, he is well aware that the HST is a regressive tax on the poor and people living on a fixed income.

I’m sure the Chamber of Commerce doesn’t worry about that.

Bob Abrahams



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