Letters to the Editor

Logic must prevail

To the Editor,

Re:  Pro-HST arguments can be ridiculous, Letters, June 14.

According to Serge Vaillancourt, the factual information provided in my letter, (FightHST spreading tax misinformation, June 11) is “ridiculous”. And apparently, he also feels that, “Unions represent the people most negatively affected by the HST.”

In that regard, I wish to convey to him that I understand from lawyer David Robertson, who is an expert on sales tax and the HST, that he contacted Canadian Autoworkers Union economist Jim Stanford for his opinion on the harmonized sales tax.

Apparently, Stanford advised him that he hoped the HST wasn’t one of those issues that should be a no-brainer, but gets held up solely because of politics.

As a consumer who is not a business owner, I empathize with Vaillancourt’s concerns. However, the question on the referendum ballot relates to a public policy matter that not only affects each British Columbian, it affects the economic future of the province.

I would hope that emotion does not overtake logic when deciding whether or not to retain the HST. We are all in this together.

Janet Irvine

Nanaimo

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
Factory model fading for schools
 
Victoria mayor hedges on Johnson Street Bridge costs
 
RCMP issue warning about suspicious male in Moorfield Road area
Editorial cartoon
 
Coffee with...the man behind alberni.ca
 
Dear NFL: Peterson, Rice Need Education, Not Just Punishment

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 16 edition online now. Browse the archives.