As I predicted the other day, the great study commissioned by Rail for the Valley was completely ignored, Gordon Campbell and Shirley glug glug Bond met with the Mayors and the Translink board to discuss funding for Transit, specifically the nevergreen line....
The story was plastered all over the news, the radio, a very vague MOU(memorandum of understanding) was signed, I read the MOU, it`s nothing, propaganda, meanwhile on the news the babblers were asking how do we pay for transit?
And the light rail option was omitted, no mention, scuttled, the Translink wealth transfer lobby have killed light rail again, in fact there wasn`t even one mention on the cutting ledge today about that LRT report, yesterday John Macolm had a segment on how to fund transit, he took callers and I tried to get in.....It wasn`t nick answering the phone so the phone guy took my name and asked what I wanted to say, I told him about the LRT study and why not go that route, but as usual, John Macolm had his marching orders and only let callers speak who recommended more taxes, vehicle levies, property taxes, user pay...Obviously the Translink lobby has big clout with media, and my friend Malcolm J commented on my LRT post that the big dalies were going to run with the story yesterday, they didn`t then and nothing today!
Gordon Campbell in the meeting with the mayors and Translink made the suggestion that the HST could be used to fund Translink ???????
Bill Good day after day keeps blathering on and on how people don`t want to pay taxes but everyone wants services, Bill Good at least once a day states,
"How are we going to pay for services without the HST.......What tax would you like if not the HST"snip
Isn`t that special, and it was no other than Vaughn Palmer himself that wrote an article 6 months ago that stated the HST in its first year will cost the B.C. treasury about $400 million dollars and in further out years that the HST is revenue neutral to Government,(here was the title of Vaughn Palmer`s column about the loss to the B.C. treasury)
Liberal economic wizards manage to lose money on a hated tax grab
VAUGHN PALMER -- BY VAU GHN PALMERRead that article here
In other words the $2 billion dollar yearly tax shift from business onto the backs of consumers does not bring in ANY MORE MONEY TO THE B.C. GOVERNMENT than the old PST DID! $400 million less money than the old PST would have brought in this year alone.
And Colin Hansen, he has made the same claim that the HST will pay for health care, Margaret McDiarmid has made the claim that the HST will pay for education, every B.C. Liberal MLA spineless jellyfish has made the claim that the HST will pay for all these extra services and increased funding for everything else.....Yet the facts don`t bear that out, the HST is a drag on the economy, the HST is putting people out of work, the writing is on the wall, B.C. and the Ontario economies have tanked since the HST was implemented...
If the B.C. government needed extra money thet could have easily raised the existing PST by 1% percentage point and that would bring in about $1 billion more dollars to Provincial coffers, and believe me folks, the outrage would be gone, for those with short memories, Gordon Campbell raised the PST up when he took power in 2001, he raised it to 7.5% from 7% he then made a big deal about it when he lowered it back to 7%.... That way we keep our taxing authority in provincial hands, all the existing exemptions would stay in place, a win win...Except for one thing, the HST was never about anything except big corporations pulling Campbell`s strings and making Campbell dance like a marionette!
So lets review this, Gordon Campbell states that the HST will pay for more health care, more education funding, the HST will pay for transit infrastructure and operating costs, I`m getting so confused, who to believe.....
Do we believe Gordon Campbell`s buddy and neighbor Bill Good? Do we believe Vaughn Palmer?Do we believe the government apologist Keith Baldrey? Or perhaps, just perhaps we should believe Gordon Campbell....!!!!
Look folks, you can`t make this stuff up, today, September 24/2010 Gordon Campbell stated to a crowd of people in Coquitlam......
Gordon Campbell September 24/2010
"The HST will bring in less money this year than the old PST would have, the HST in future years is revenue neutral to Government" Snip....And double snippity doodah day!
And then Gordon Campbell made another hilarious statement today...
"We lowered the HST from 13% to 12% and that cost the provincial treasury $800 million dollars" Snip, snip, snip
Am I missing something, I have heard Campbell over and over again state that he lowered the HST to 12% from 13%....When did we have a 8% PST....Campbell must be on the sauce big time again, our PST was 7%...The GST is 5%....Add them up it comes to 12%.....If he thinks because the Ontario HST is 13% he made us a great deal, Ontario`s PST was 8%....8% and 5% adds up to 13%......Gordon Campbell has lost his marbles!
|2010 Rate|| |
Provincial Web Sites
|BC||5% GST / 12% HST(1)||7%(1) / n/a||BC Consumer Taxation Branch |
TaxTips.ca PST in BC and BC HST
BC Harmonized Sales Tax
|AB||5% GST||n/a|| |
|SK||5% GST||5%(4)||Saskatchewan Provincial Sales Tax|
|MB||5% GST||7%||Manitoba Retail Sales Tax|
|ON||5% GST / 13% HST(5)||8%(5) / n/a||The Basics of Ontario Retail Sales Tax (RST) |
Instructions for completing the Retail Sales Tax return
TaxTips.ca Ontario HST
Ontario What is the HST?
|QC||5% GST||7.5%(2)||Québec QST and GST - for businesses |
Québec QST and GST - for individuals
|NL||13% HST(3)||n/a|| |
|NS||13%/15% HST(6)||n/a|| |
|NB||13% HST(3)||n/a|| |
|PE||5% GST||10%(7)||Prince Edward Island Revenue Tax|
AAs you can see from this chart Gordon Campbell did no such thing, in Ontario they added their PST with the GST ....Since their PST was 8%.....Added to the 5% GST = 13%
In BC the PST was 7% added to 5% GST = 12%...........And yet Gordon Campbell today again stated that he lowered our HST from 13% to 12%.....For christ sake Campbell can`t you ever stop lying, how much booze are you drinking, are you on crack cocaine? PATHETIC!
Vaughn Palmer got his numbers from the B.C. ministry of finance, so let`s have a look, deduct $400 million dollars from the $1.6 billion dollar bribe and as you can clearly see the bribe is shrinking, now down to $1.2 billion dollars, take in to consideration the drag on the B.C. economy and HST related job losses and we actually get nothing out of the $1.6 billion dollar bribe!
Gordon Campbell, Bill Good and CKNW after learning about the HST referendum stated with the referendum a year away there will be plenty of time for honest debate on the issue...Really? Debate, honest debate, more like a year of propaganda....
On Sunday past, Sean Leslie had on as a guest David Robertson from Martineau LLP accounting, he praised the HST, and it was our good friend Crankypants(Cam) who did a little research and found out that the accounting company that this accountant worked for has donated nearly $200,000.00 dollars to the B.C. Liberals in the last 4 years....That folks is a conflict of interest, a blatant conflict!
This week alone on the Bill Good Gordon Campbell press release and spin show....He had on as guests, Colin Hansen, Terry Lake, Kevin Kreuger, bill Barisoff, John Rustad, Michael Levy, a representitive from the film industry, a representitive from the mining industry, Shell Buzzy was on promoting the HST too, and don`t forget the other 2 stooges, Vaughn Palmer and Keith Baldrey, Bill no Good had on Phil Hocstein last week and pretended to be in "SHOCK" over Hocstein supporting the HST, and we know how much money he has donated to the BC Liberals....The Vancouver Sun ran a brutal puff propagada piece by Johnathan Fowlie today, read his brutal garbage here
And this lowbrow unauthored editorial
And as predicted ...The 3 stooges on CKNW today went after Bill Vander Zalm, they slammed Chris Delaney, they attacked Bill teileman, they threw barbs and mud at everyone...And not one word about BC Rail, not one word about the $900 million dollar tax indemnity that B.C. is on the hook for, not one word about the shennanigans at Elections BC, .......
What is your position Gordon Campbell, yesterday the HST was paying for health, education, transit, government services, now today you ADMIT that the HST this year is a massive hit to the B.C. treasury and revenue neutral in future years, so what is it Campbell, were you lying yesterday, or are you lying today, never mind, you have never stopped lying and your finished, caput, history, your party is done....R.I.P
So this is what CKNW and the BC Liberals call an honest debate on the HST! You are a sick demented man(?) Bill Good......The day of retribution is coming fast for you Bill Good!
The Straight Goods
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