What’s all this about the HST?
“Dalton McGuinty’s new HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) will force thousands of Ontarians struggling with tough economic times to pay more for daily essentials – but the money raised won’t be going to local health needs.
“The new tax will add 8% to the cost of home heating, hydro, bicycles, internet fees and more. Families could end up spending as much as $1,300 a year in new taxes. That should generate a lot of money for healthcare but it won’t. Instead, the McGuinty tax plan gives every penny away in business tax cuts – without seeking any guarantees on jobs or environmental protection.
“The people of Ontario want taxes to fund health and education, not to finance a corporate tax giveaway that rewards companies who don’t create jobs.”
Admittedly, I haven’t been keeping up with the HST as an issue. In fact, this is really all I know about it so far, and I don’t want to take it at face value since it’s coming from an opposition party. I like healthcare, and I’m not a big fan of corporate tax giveaways, but I guess that’s why I’m a New Democrat in the first place. I’m willing to bet there’s more to the issue than you could fit on a flyer like this.
What are your thoughts? Is the HST a good thing or a bad thing? Whenever I ask these kinds of questions in this space, I get some really informative answers. Don’t let me down, handful of readers!
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