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NEWS RELEASE · 14th April 2011
Ministry of Finance
Government is launching a public engagement process to consider options to improve the Harmonized Sales Tax, Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Kevin Falcon and Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Blair Lekstrom announced today.

The "Talking Taxes" public engagement provides a timely and important opportunity for government to listen to the public and help determine what improvements may be made to the HST.

Talking Taxes events will begin next week and will include:
* Provincewide tele-town halls conducted by region
* Stakeholder meetings with a wide variety of groups with interest in the HST
* Website information and suggestions for improvement


Minister of Finance Kevin Falcon: "Over the next three weeks we want to hear from British Columbians about fiscally reasonable policy options available to improve the HST. While it is clear to everyone the implementation of the HST was poorly undertaken, this engagement will assist in helping us to better understand what changes could be made to improve the HST."

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom: "I have stated all along that government needs to do a better job of reaching out and explaining the HST. I am very pleased that government is engaging with British Columbians to ensure we reach every region of the province to listen to the ideas of British Columbians on how to make the HST better."

Specific dates and further details on the Talking Taxes events will be made public next week.
Gee Thanks
Comment by Dave on 14th April 2011
Provincewide tele-town halls conducted by region
I guess that means we'll have to travel to PG the self proclaimed capital of the north.
Put the million + dollars into something we need - everyone has their opinion of the HST
are we now going to conduct a referendum and they say the results are not what "they" picked up at town hall meetings.
My bad - I didn't pick up the "tele" part of town hall meetings - that's worse than having to go to PG.