I am responding to the letter in the June 8 issue from Herbert Spencer. He indicates the managers of business associations such as myself at the Surrey Board of Trade or that of my colleague at the White Rock Chamber of Commerce are “smart ladies pushing the pro-HST line that only benefits big business.”
We believe that the HST is a sound tax policy which will benefit the economic future of B.C.
Dr. Spencer stated that consumers will be $2 billion poorer with the HST compared to the PST, stating this means most small businesses collectively will be $2 billion poorer.
This statement goes against what our Surrey Board of Trade members, comprised primarily of small businesses, told us in our recent member survey. They support the HST tax policy.
The HST benefits small business by removing the PST cost. Further, there is significant reduction in paperwork with the demise of the PST tax policy.
We ask all of you to answer the referendum question correctly. To keep the HST, vote “no.”
Anita Huberman, CEO
Surrey Board of Trade