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Chamber discusses proposed HST policies

By Christine Rumleskie

The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce will be pushing for change.

The Chamber has drafted two policies that it will be taking to the B.C. Chamber’s Annual General Meeting in May.

Both policies are built around the controversial Harmonized Sales Tax. One policy calls on the Provincial Government to level the playing field for oil and gas companies.

Chair of the Chamber’s Policy Committee, Andrew Tylosky, says one of the recommendations will push for more enforcement at the B.C./Alberta border.

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Tylosky says the second proposal calls on the government to create an HST exemption for B.C. restaurants.

Once the policies are presented at the Provincial Chamber of Commerce’s AGM, members will vote on including them in a policy manual. That manual will then be presented to the Provincial and Federal governments.

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Tylosky says the Chamber is acting on behalf of local businesses who voiced their concerns on these two particular policies.

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