Clothes is the same tax of 12% under either HST or PST/GST. And Prescription Drugs are HST exempt.
Absolutely amazing the false information spreading by anti-HST organizations. And people bought it too!
One time I heard someone on talk radio say he will pay more tax on buying a vaccum cleaner because he now has to pay 12% tax.
How to believe that guy can't add 2 and 2 together.
An article from the globe and mail ( not a well known politicaly left orginization )http://m.theglobeand...?service=mobile
From that article a few quotes if I may
"However, their study added that low-income families with annual earnings below $10,000 - about 15 per cent of the B.C. total - are actually better off under the HST because of government rebates they receive."
So you are correct that families below $10,000 per year are better off and that reflects 15% of the working population according to that article. Forget that it is frightning that 15% of the working population is earning that far below the poverty level - full time at minimum wage is $21,000 a year. So those working poor who work full time are not included in that articles panels identified as being better off
From that article is the following quote
" It clearly shows the average family is going to spend hundreds of dollars extra because of HST," Mr. Tieleman said. "It shows the job creation the government suggested would happen isn't happening. And it shows the government is making oodles and oodles of money - more than $800-million a year, when they said it would be revenue neutral. This is excellent news for us."
So it clearly identifies that the BC goverment will be collecting alot more taxes - so consumers in fact are paying over 800 million + per year in further tax costs directly at the till. So where many items remained the same - Nearly a Billion more was added
From that article is the following quote
"The panel estimated that HST is costing B.C. families an average of $350 more a year."
That confirms that it was costing more out of pocket expense
From the article is the following quote
" I don't know what the answer is yet. We recognize there is an additional impact [on many families]" Mr. Falcon said."
So the goverment knew it was taking more money out of the pockets of the average family - costs to them did go up over the former PST
The point of my issue is - the BC Liberals had decided the correct opinion was "the HST is great" and no matter who raised a concern or disagreed - sticking to their opinion become more important that accepting that just maybe - some of the other opinons where valid and real. I see that played out here alot.
We can agree or disagree on issues - but when others become intolrent to others opinions - nothing productive comes of it.
I get the HST was better for businuess - I get the HST raised a ton more taxes - I get that goverment banked on businuess re investing the HST savings back into jobs and wages ( didn't happen but that's another debate ). However all along I said they where to blame for the HST's defeat because instead of accepting that they just might be wrong and working with people - they kept to the party line and the Fer us or Against us. Imagine if the BC Liberals had gone on tv with that report and said something like " Sorry folks - your right the HST will add to your costs and this is what we are going to do to correct that". Instead they simply said they had staged planned reductions in place ... Both might have had the same end cost but by telling the others they where wrong and mis informed for daring to have an opinion .... well we know how that ended.
So other than Mr. Tieleman's response within the article on their findings - the rest has no input from the Zalm or NDP. It does state that there would be some positives which are a good thing - but also that the benefits where over stated and clarifying for working people it would not be revenue neutral ( would cost more ). The only people I know at or below 10k per year are students - very limited part time jobs, people on social assistance. I beleive most retired would be at or above that amount with collecting both aspects of CPP/Security with only a smaller portion being below.