Today the B.C. Liberals announced that after spending an untold amount on a pro-HST flyer that was to be mailed to every household, they’re scrapping that plan and instead extending their pro-HST radio ad campaign. All of which raises a number of questions:
– How much public money did the B.C. Liberal government waste on designing the pro-HST pamphlets before backing down on their plans?
– Did the B.C. Liberal government print the pamphlets and, if so, how much money did that cost?
– How much money is the B.C. Liberal government spending on their radio ad campaign?
– How much extra will the public pay to extend the radio ad campaign, and how long will the ads run for?
– Can the B.C. Liberal government assure British Columbians they will not hijack the pre-budget consultations this fall in order to sell the HST?
The HST betrayal was bad enough. To waste money now trying to save their own political hides just makes it worse, particularly at a time when schools are closing, waitlists are growing, and we’re trying to create jobs as the economy struggles to recover.