The following is a press release issued by NDP MLA Katrine Conroy:
Over a thousand signatures from people in the West Kootenays opposing the B.C. Liberals’ HST were introduced in the legislature by Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy.
“The people of the Kootenays were lied to by the B.C. Liberals about the HST, and if it is brought in they will have to pay more for everything in their day to day life. The HST is a $1.9 billion tax shift on to consumers,” said Conroy who submitted the petitions last week.
“If the B.C. Liberal government believed that the HST was so important for the economy, why didn’t they put that choice before the voters of Kootenay West during the election?”
Conroy noted that the B.C. Liberals said during the election campaign they had no plans to implement the HST, but as soon as the election was over they announced the HST without any consultation or studies determining how it would affect B.C. businesses and hard-working families.
“Small businesses in the Kootenays will also pay a price as their customers are hit with the HST,” said Conroy. “Restaurant meals will cost more, as well as new homes, theatre tickets, school supplies, bicycles and much more.”
Carole James and the New Democrats have been holding the B.C. Liberals accountable for breaking their word on the HST, and for backtracking on their election promises to protect health care, education, and other vital services.
The New Democrat petition to stop the HST can be found at www.StoptheHST.ca.