New party needed after HST saga

Both parties in B.C. have equally failed in leadership on every aspect of the HST debacle, including the referendum, and the voters have made a bad decision.

The entire saga of the HST in B.C. is the epitome of poor governance and lack of leadership.

In the last years of Martin Luther King’s life, he stood up against the war in Vietnam and poverty. A poll at that time showed that 72 per cent of whites and 55 per cent of blacks disapproved of his position on those matters. Obviously those people were wrong but of course welcome to their opinions until they learned better.

That is the purpose of leadership, to bring people along on a better path. Both parties in B.C. have equally failed in leadership on every aspect of the HST debacle, including the referendum, and the voters have made a bad decision.

This is not a victory for democracy by any stretch of the imagination and if the leadership vacuum of the Liberal party continues with its “Plan B” we are going to pay dearly.

With the return to the PST, B.C. will regain sovereignty over sales tax issues. However, the PST was a bloated, chaotic mess as a result of layer upon layer of political messaging.

The big question of the day is why the NDP supported such a regressive tax – this will surely cost them the remainder of their support.

Kevin Falcon claims he is going to negotiate with the feds over the cost of B.C.’s withdrawal from the HST program. Yet, the Clark-Falcon moronocracy has stripped away any bargaining chips that B.C. could have had.

What should have been done as their “Plan B” was to state that the HST slate has now been wiped clean by the referendum vote, and the B.C. government is going to properly negotiate a new harmonization agreement with the feds, and actually approve the agreement in the B.C. legislature.

In this new negotiating position, they would ask the feds to allow self-employed people to deduct any HST paid on their labour to be deducted from any income tax owing. This would put the self-employed on the same footing as salaried workers, and take the incentive out of the underground economy which the HST is causing. Then they would have a bargaining position – either the feds accept this tax refund system for all of the country, or B.C. goes back to the PST and refuse to pay back the transition funds.

It’s time for a new political party in B.C.

Robert McCroskey


Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Young Muslims offer helping hand to isolated residents throughout Lower Mainland

Neighbourhood Helper campaign aims to get help to people who can’t leave their homes

South Surrey man aims to ease stress of pandemic with free online yoga

Patrick Aubert says his one-hour classes are about rest, recovery

White Rock’s promenade to close to the public

Public access to popular waterfront walkway closing April 10: city

Christopherson Steps, 1,001 Steps closed due to COVID-19

Access restricted to Crescent Beach over Easter weekend, City of Surrey announces

LETTER: With a long road of recovery ahead, Surrey must keep RCMP

To change for the sake of change shows weak leadership, inability to understand needs of community

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

Controls can keep Canadian COVID-19 deaths under 22,000, health agency says

With poor containment measures, the death toll could be much, much higher, the agency says

People needing addictions services feel ‘abandoned’ during pandemic, B.C.’s ex-top doctor says

Widespread job losses and more homelessness due to physical distancing at shelters have added hurdles

Canada lost 1,011,000 jobs in March, unemployment rate up to 7.8%: StatCan

Unemployment rate hits levels not seen since 2010

COVID-19 world update: 6.6 million U.S. jobless claims; alcohol sales banned in Bangkok

Comprehensive digest of coronavirus news items from around the world

B.C. sorting medical equipment sales, donation offers for COVID-19

Supply hub has call out for masks, gowns, coronavirus swabs

B.C. records five more deaths due to COVID-19, 45 new cases

A total of 838 people have recovered from the virus

Major crimes investigating sudden death of North Okanagan child

The 8 year old was flown to Kelowna General Hospital and died hours later

BC institution has highest number of positive results for COVID-19

11 inmates in Mission test positive for coronavirus, more than any other federal prison in Canada

Most Read