I attended the Fight HST rally at UNBC on Friday evening, and came away more resolved than ever that moving to a harmonized sales tax is a mistake for British Columbia. I am a fully paid and supporting member of the BC Liberal party, and intend on remaining one, but I have signed up as a canvasser in the Fight HST campaign. When I come to your door to ask for your signature, these are my two main reasons for asking you to sign.
Firstly, British Columbia is the only province in Canada that has a tool for its citizens to have its voice heard on legislation it’s called the Recall and Initiative Act. The Fight HST citizens’ initiative petition is a process under the act, which if successful, will require the government to either conduct a province-wide referendum on the HST or to present an act to repeal the HST in the legislature. In other words, all we are doing by signing the petition is asking the government to ask us first if we want to harmonize our taxes.
Secondly, that by implementing HST, we as a province are effectively giving up our jurisdictional right to assess and collect sales taxes and handing it over to the federal government. Splendor Sine Occasu, our provincial motto (Splendor Without Diminishment), refers not only to the beauty of our province, but to our legislative authority to govern ourselves without interference from Ottawa. Why would we want to relinquish this right and put ourselves at the mercy of a distant national government? Once gone, we will never get it back.
I encourage everyone to go to the FightHST.com website for more information on this unique opportunity for British Columbians to help shape their own future.