B.C. Liberal leadership candidate Sam Sullivan wants people to pay more, by bringing back the HST

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VICTORIA – B.C. Liberal leadership candidate Sam Sullivan wants people to pay more for everything by bringing back the HST, showing he still doesn’t understand affordability is one of the top priorities for British Columbians.

In 2011, British Columbians forced the B.C. Liberals to reverse their HST deception because it made people pay more for everything, starting with a paper and coffee first thing in the morning.

During the first B.C. Liberal Leadership debate earlier this week, Sullivan proposed a reformed HST. “I’ve adapted the MST, the Modified Sales Tax,” he said. “Which is basically HST minus haircuts and Chinese food.”

So let’s look at a sampling of what people would pay more for under this new B.C. Liberal HST:

  • Hair cuts
  • Chinese food
  • Most food products
  • Hydro and heating bills
  • New homes
  • Landline phone and cable bills
  • School supplies
  • Used clothing
  • Gym memberships
  • Classes for yoga, dance, cooking, martial arts, music, art and more
  • Restaurant meals
  • Contractors, landscapers, home repairs
  • Taxi fares and commercial bus tickets
  • Movie and theatre tickets
  • Home renovations
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Domestic airline tickets
  • Funerals
  • Vet bills
  • Real estate fees
  • Dry cleaning
  • Non-prescription drugs and vitamins
  • Bicycles
  • And more…

“Clearly the B.C. Liberals still don’t really understand why the majority of British Columbians voted for change in the last election,” said MLA for Nanaimo, Leonard Krog. “Under the B.C. Liberal’s watch, the cost of homes, tuition, MSP ICBC rates, and hydro rates all skyrocketed. And then of course there was the HST, which the B.C. Liberals even promised they wouldn’t bring in before doing so.”

“British Columbians deserve to know where the other B.C. Liberal candidates stand on the HST, under any name.”