NDP Finance Critic says the HST can still be stopped


Photo: Arthur Hadland (left) asks a question, as BC NDP Finance Critic Bruce Ralston (far right) and BC NDP Energy Critic John Horgan listen on Thursday night – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

The B.C. NDP Finance critic says there’s still time to stop the Harmonized Sales Tax.

Surrey-Whalley MLA Bruce Ralston and NDP Energy Critic John Horgan was in Fort St. John on Thursday evening.

The pair spoke to a crowd of just under 20 people at the Quality Inn Northern Grand. Ralston said B.C. is challenged in its economic future, and this is not the time to bring in a tax that would force job loss in certain industries, namely he says, the restaurant or service sectors.

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Ralston criticized the Campbell Government for not informing voters of the proposed HST tax before the election this year.

In October, Small Business Minister Iain Black was in Fort St. John to discuss the new blended tax. Black stated that shortly after the B.C. election, Ontario announced its intention of adding the HST, so B.C. needed to jump on-board to remain competitive.

But Ralston said the Liberal government knew that Ontario was seriously considering the HST system before the B.C. election. Meanwhile, Ralston says there’s still time to act.

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The new blended tax is likely to be introduced in July 2010.