Saturday, September 19, 2009

Nanaimo HST Rally Huge Success

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HST Rally Draws
People of All Political 'Stripes'

With just barely 10 days to organize the 'Fight HST' rally, event organizer Janet Irvine should be commended for a most successful effort.

Remember this is Canada, and this is Nanaimo and this is a lovely weekend with lots of other things to do. Given all that, when several hundred people come out for two hours to demonstrate their dislike for the HST that is clearly a success.

The purpose of the rally is to try and raise public awareness to what exactly is going to happen in the province when the HST is implemented next July. It is also to make people aware of the fact there IS something they can do about it not the least of which is letting your elected officials and Premier know just how unhappy you are with this latest tax grab.

If and when this tax is implemented it will transfer a large amount of money from business onto the backs of consumers. A latest study done by the TD bank says that prices can be expected to increase by about 1% across the board with this new tax.

This projection it should be pointed out is based on the idea that business will pass along all of it's savings to consumers by way of lower prices when the PST comes off their input purchases. When was the last time business passed along savings?

A list of items the HST will be added to prepared by the group include:
  • Non-essential groceries
  • Cable TV
  • Hydro
  • Concert tickets
  • Membership fees
  • Bus fares
  • Taxi fares
  • Whale watching
  • Massage therapy
  • Coffee- Horton's, Starbucks
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • School supplies
  • Health equipment
  • Moorage
  • Career planning
  • Naturopathy
  • Some physiotherapy
  • Painting
  • Accounting
  • Funerals
  • Safety equipment
  • First aid kits
  • Energy Equipment
  • Newspapers
  • Restaurant meals
  • Telephone
  • Natural gas
  • Haircuts
  • Movies
  • Magazines
  • Airline tickets
  • Skiing
  • Resort packages
  • Fast food
  • Vitamins
  • Photography
  • Consulting services
  • Campgrounds
  • Fishing charters
  • Reflexology
  • Museums
  • Real estate fees
  • Architects
  • Chinese medicine
  • Helmets
  • Smoke detectors
  • Insulation
  • Condo Management fees
  • Non-prescription meds
  • Internet
  • Hockey tickets
  • Admission fees
  • Theatres
  • Ferry fares
  • Golf fees
  • Spa services
  • Parking
  • Dry cleaning
  • Dietary supplements
  • Water heaters
  • Beverages
  • RV parks
  • Heating fuel
  • Vet services
  • Home renos
  • Bicycles
  • New home purchases
  • Marketing services
  • Life jackets
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Life jackets
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Solar power
  • Windows
For more information about the HST and what you can do about it visit


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