Have your say on the HST

Assuming all goes well at the post office, millions of British Columbians will receive their HST voting packages in mid-June.

Assuming all goes well at the post office, millions of British Columbians will receive their HST voting packages in mid-June.

Between now and then, make sure you thoroughly educate yourself about the HST so you can make an informed decision on whether the government should scrap the tax and reinstate the PST or to keep it, recognizing that if the HST sticks around, it will go down two points.

Packages are expected to be mailed out during the week of June 20 and should reach your mailboxes no later than June 24.

Though Canada Post employees may announce on Friday their intentions to strike, if such a strike were to disrupt the ballot Elections B.C. has stated it will extend its return period to give voters extra time to make their vote.

Otherwise, ballots must be completed and returned to Elections B.C. by July 22.

Don’t lose you ballot or throw it away.

Unless you are completely apathetic to the issue and you don’t care how your tax dollars are spent, let your voice count.

Taxes, whether HST, PST or GST, come from your pocket. This is your opportunity to say how you want it spent.

Mark yes or no to the following question on your ballot: “Are you in favour of extinguishing the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) and reinstating the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) in conjunction with the GST (Goods and Services Tax)?”

Some have criticized how the question is phrased, so remember — “no” means keep the HST. “Yes” means get rid of it.

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