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COMMENTARY · 14th June 2011
Merv Ritchie
What will it take? When will we have the BC Spring like the Arab Spring? How many lies and how much corruption will the residents of this great Province endure. And just what is the TDP?

It was all a lie and the lies continue. The mainstream media are simply lost in considering their revenue, their bottom line, to consider telling the truth. In earlier decades a government that was this corrupt, so obviously manipulating the prosecutor’s office and the courts, would have been continuously trashed by the media. Today the meekly media stands by and watches at times even acting as the government apologist.

First off, the TDP. We all got a new tax when the Liberal Government brought in the HST and the new tax wasn’t the HST. The newest tax was the TDP – Tax on Designated Property. And this new tax was also set at 12%. Now all the talk is about how the government is planning to reduce the HST to 10% if British Columbians are foolish enough to fall on their own sword, the one they raised against such a corrupt government. But no one is asking the correct questions.

“Will you also reduce the TDP?” I’d almost bet Ms. Clark might be stumped herself. “What’s the TDP?”

The change from the GST and PST to the HST presented a unique problem for the Provincial and Federal Governments. BC charged a Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on the repeated sales of used equipment; Cars, Boats, Trailers, Tractors etc. But this wasn’t part of the Federal Governments HST billable tax program (other provinces are not so bold as to repeatedly tax the same product over and over and over) so BC had to find a solution. The wisdom was to trick British Columbians yet again.

An entirely new tax was created and to avoid easy detection of this new tax they set the rate at the same rate as the new HST, 12%. In this way, when a consumer (a British Columbian) went to pay their tax as they registered their used car purchase they just assumed they were paying HST.

No, they were duped yet again.

Don’t forget this government stated even booze prices would come down yet they raised their own prices so they wouldn’t have to change the labels on the Government liquor store shelves. Read More Details Here.

This BC Liberal (Conservative/Social Credit) Government will lie, trick and deceive in any manner they think they can get away with. And the mainstream media cowers from potential loss of revenue or a lawsuit.

Shame! Shame! Shame!

The BC Rail deception and the hurried closure of the trial to avoid exposure of the most responsible, many of those who remain in the Government should have had the BC Spring in full swing. Today we have the new deception of switching the Fight HST program on its head, using our own hard earned tax dollars to trick and deceive BCers yet again. Hundreds of thousands marched NO HST. Now to vote NO you have to vote YES.

Wow, at least in Cuba and the USSR, even North Korea, you know what to expect from your government. Here in BC, almost every day a new devious plan is conspired. And the media simply plays us all as the fools we are.

And the Tax on Designated Property, where does this idiocy end?
I'm a Server
Comment by TLE on 15th June 2011
And I notice my tips have gone DOWN since the HST started. People are still dining out, yes, but they just tip LESS to accommodate the HST. It really blows. I'm voting to extinguish the HST.
not good for me
Comment by mbweston on 15th June 2011
I am a consultant and 12% HST is detrimental to my business.
Comment by Brad Hansen on 14th June 2011
Ya I'm sure it's the HST that's causing your ad revenue to drop.
Check out the new Checkers ads in the main stream media.
HST not good for our business
Comment by C. Arnold on 14th June 2011
I would second Merv's comments... our business is not better off with HST. Prices have increased, both our prices and the costs of everything we buy. I suspect there are many businesses in Terrace that have not been helped by the HST, but no one is asking them.
that's fine...
Comment by Adam Kirkwood on 14th June 2011
I still frequent Lee's business... I really like his Pizza and if my ear tastes anything like the 8 pound Joey, he'd probably chew it off for a good long time... I think he's a good businessman... I'd like to hear his take... perhaps an article as such instead of the usual commentary would help people make a decision one way or the other...

just a thought...
As the lady said,
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 14th June 2011
""This particular tax takes the tax off business, it takes $1.8 billion off businesses and puts it on consumers, and so that shift is a shift that is ideological as well as factual." -- Former BC Liberal finance minister Carole Taylor on the HST

Now if I was one of those who got their taxes shifted to another sector like business or if I was so naive that I couldn't figure out I was being screwed by HST, I might vote "no" to keep it.
Christy Clark talks about raising business taxes by 2% percentage points to dampen the anger over the shifting of the tax burden. Two percentage points will only raise about $300 million dollars. That means it is still a shift of $1.5 billion.

This government must think we are all not very bright. Vote"yes".
Comment by Adam Kirkwood on 14th June 2011
tell me your business isn't better off with the HST.

Ed Note: Absolutely not. We only charged 7% PST previously. All advertising rates increased dramatically by 5 %. We find advertisers dropping off. And go talk to Lee at Checkers Pizza. That is, only if you want to have your ear chewed off for supporting the HST. The only better off part of our media business is having more corruption to write about.