It takes time to terminate the HST

Editor:

Give it up Charlie! Unbelievable! Why don’t you sit down and talk to Bruce Ralston to set you straight.

Editor:

Give it up Charlie! Unbelievable! Why don’t you sit down and talk to Bruce Ralston to set you straight.

You also have a lot of nerve to put your name in the race for MLA again.

The only reason you put your name in again is because of the latest polls showing that the NDP could form government.

Charlie, if you would do your homework, you would have known that incumbent provincial governments in both Manitoba and Ontario showed them 10 to 12 per cent behind in the public opinion polls, but come election time, the taxpayers in both provinces returned the incumbent governments.

Adrian Dix will not become premier and admit it. In commentary from Ralston in Straight.com, Ralston is quoted as “NDP finance critic, Bruce Ralston, says that untangling the HST isn’t as easy as some would think.”

I mean, some people have said that you could just snap your fingers and get rid of it. I think that is administratively not realistic.

The comprehensive integrated tax co-ordination agreement states that the termination of the agreement establishing the HST in B.C. cannot be earlier than the date that is the fifth anniversary of the revenue measure’s implementation.

“While one government may notify the other of its intent to withdraw earlier than five years from the tax’s implementation, the deal specifies that this will be effective no sooner than the end of the 18th month period that immediately follows the last day of the calendar quarter in which the written notice of termination is received or any other time period that may be mutually agreed upon between the parties.

“This means it could take up to 21 months to terminate the HST after the federal government is given notice.”

Now, all of you taxpayers who vote NDP, a member of the NDP party is telling you that it takes time to get rid of the HST, so stop complaining and listen to Ralston.

Joe Sawchuk

Duncan