The BC Legislative Committee opted to send the question of the HST to the Voters, in a NON BINDING REFERENDUM. Rather than putting the matter to the Legislature, the committee voted along party lines (6 Liberals for Referendum, 4 NDP for Legislature) in deciding the issue.
BUT HAVE THEY?
At first blush, sending the question to the Liberal Dominated Legislature would seem counter productive. However, given that in repealing this stupid tax, the cost will be high. Thanks to the great negotiations by Premier Campbell, the repealing of the HST would force us to repay about $1.6 Billion.
The NDP are loathe to have to be responsible, for making the tough choices, should they win the next election, and repeal this stupid tax. Hence their support for sending it to the Legislature, in the hope of maximizing the political damage to the Liberals, while keeping their hands clean.
The Liberals have taken a different route. First off, it seems that sure they don’t mind the People having a say, at the tune of between $13 & $40 Million on a referendum. After all, that lets us all vent our anger, but bottom line is, THE REFERENDUM IS NOT BINDING ON THE LEGISLATURE.
SO WHAT FUCKING GOOD IS IT?
The Public, by signing that petition made their voices heard. Instead of listening, BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES are more interested in having a political advantage, for the next provincial election, than in doing what the voters want. No one in the NDP is standing tall, and saying “IF ELECTED WE’LL REPEAL THE HST”.
So in short, this HARPER STUPID TAX will remain in effect, so that the Feds & Province can blame each other, for when the tax gets raised up. It will be just one more insane tax, that cripples our economy from recovering.