There was another item that came up, unsolicited, at a number of doors -Harmonized Sales Tax, the HST. Some people I talked to understood that the decision to bring in a harmonized tax in BC is a provincial one. For others there was some confusion. So please allow me to clarify this.
The decision to bring in a harmonized tax in BC is a provincial one. Several provinces have moved to an HST. There is a process that was put in place several years ago by the federal Liberals to assist provinces which opt to move in that direction. We have made that same transition process and resources available to the BC government, at their request.
Moving to an HST is the decision of the province of BC. For details on what it means to you please feel free to call your local MLA.
I guess the question I asked earlier this morning--How can any of the other provincial leaders contemplating such a move not wonder if they will be simply hung out to dry [by the Feds] when the going gets a little tough politically? --has been answered: they can't.