Far too long to restore PST

Editor:

Re: ‘People’s victory’ means pain ahead, Aug. 30; Tough sales tax choices remain, Sept. 6.

Recent articles in the Peace Arch News by columnist Tom Fletcher shows his personal and obvious bias against Bill Vander Zalm, and this has severely clouded his judgment on the HST results.

Editor:

Re: ‘People’s victory’ means pain ahead, Aug. 30; Tough sales tax choices remain, Sept. 6.

Recent articles in the Peace Arch News by columnist Tom Fletcher shows his personal and obvious bias against Bill Vander Zalm, and this has severely clouded his judgment on the HST results.

The people have spoken and it’s time to move forward and address the needs of our province with real facts and solutions that will work – not some whining rehash of what he thinks was best for the people.

A period of six weeks to restore the PST is certainly too much to achieve for the slow-moving civil servants in Victoria and Ottawa given their horrific workloads and short work days. However, an 18-month adjustment period is unreasonable and will drive and give credence to a whole pile of conspiracy theories regarding the required HST payback to Ottawa.

Every day that the HST appears on purchases and bills after January 2012 will further erode the dwindling support for BC Liberals.

Aart Looye, Surrey

• • •

If we the taxpayers are continuing to pay the HST for the next 18 months, are we not paying the billion-plus back to the federal government?

The HST is now an “illegal” tax, yet we are expected to keep paying it.

If the provincial government insists on returning the billion-plus and the “illegal” tax, what a huge bonus for the federal government.

J.B. Latham, Surrey

 

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