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NEWS RELEASE · 30th June 2011
Birthdays are more expensive than ever, thanks to you
Tomorrow, July 1, marks the first birthday of the Liberals’ HST, a monumental $1.9 billion tax shift on to the backs of B.C. families. Thanks to the HST, birthdays and others celebrations are much more expensive, say the New Democrats.

"It starts with a haircut so you'll look nice in your birthday picture," said New Democrat finance critic Bruce Ralston. "It now costs seven per cent more under the HST.

"And it doesn't stop there. Even buying a birthday cake costs seven per cent more."

Ralston said virtually every aspect of holding a birthday celebration costs more under the HST.

"If your birthday party requires a planner, it will cost you more," said Ralston. "And whatever you choose for entertainment, whether it's a clown, magician or even a mime, it costs more with the HST.

"The same goes with pop, chips and pizza, or healthier snacks such as a vegetable or sandwich platter."

Ralston said if you choose to take the kids out go-carting or to a waterpark, amusement park, museum or a movie, the HST hits you there, too.

The HST came into effect on July 1, 2010, born of deception after the B.C. Liberals went back on an election promise to not bring in the HST.

Meanwhile, over 700,000 British Columbians signed a petition opposing the HST, forcing a referendum that is currently being conducted by mail.

"When it comes to gift time, most kids want a new bike, and that will now cost seven per cent more under the HST," said Ralston. "But for the HST's birthday, families across the province are getting set to re-gift the $1.9 billion tax shift they got when the HST was born, and send it along with a one-way ticket to extinguishment.

"When the party is over and the HST is scrapped, framing services for that birthday photo will return to having zero per cent provincial sales tax, like it did before the HST was born."