You have to question the sanity of a Premier who is introducing a new tax that 80%-90% of the Province opposes, so soon after he introduced a carbon tax that the majority of people disapproved of. Even the people who accept the talking points that the HST is going to be an economic benefit have to be angry at the way Gordon Campbell said specifically during an election campaign that he would not introduce the HST, and then flipped immediately after the election. Then we find out that the government had HST wheels in motion long before the election, and blatantly lied during the election when asked about it.
To make matters worse, the majority of the province was already furious about the carbon tax but voted Liberal anyway because the alternative was the NDP. Glen Clark and Ujjal Donsangh were two of the worst Premiers in the history of confederation. I know a lot of people want to vote for the fledgling BC Conservative Party, but they are afraid that switching may end up electing a NDP government if not enough make the migration. But now with a carbon tax and an increase in sales tax, this is a lame duck Premier. Three terms was a big accomplishment. The fall of Social Credit brought the NDP to power, the NDP brought BC to its knees, and Gordie had a free ride.
The BC Conservatives need to run a candidate in every riding in the next election. I might have voted for them last time had one run in my riding. People in Alberta complaining about Stelmach don't know how it feels to walk into a voting booth with 3 choices 1) Liberal, 2) NDP, 3) Green. It is enough to make your head explode. But BC votes roughly 40% Tory federally.
I know he won't do it, but Stephen Harper should pull the plug on the BC HST. The Prime Minister gave the Premier the option of not adding the new tax to previously untaxed goods, but Gord declined. At this point I don't know what power the feds would have to rescind the tax, as the HST legislation already passed through the Commons with Ignatieff's blessing.