Most of the bluster from the New Democrats since B.C. introduced its harmonized sales tax is just that — bluster. The trash talk is partisan politics.
Since elected as NDP leader, Adrian Dix has turned his back on the majority of B.C. residents and, as a consequence of that, has whacked hard at the government and through his actions, vowing to fight with Bill Vander Zalm to the end.
It’s just another silly B.C. political game. Despite Dix’s chest-pounding and calls to scrap the tax, the reality is the HST hasn’t really hit any of us. Most are still wondering what the big deal is.
No one here relishes the idea of any tax, but many B.C. businesses, financial experts and residents want to keep it because it works. They’re right.
Residents are motivated, compelled really, by personal finances. Businesses are compelled by maintaining price advantage over their competitors. The B.C. government is compelled to ensure residents have all the information.
Dix is compelled by the need for political survival. I predict that after the next provincial election, the NDP will have another leadership convention.