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NEWS RELEASE · 21st May 2010
BC NDP Caucus
British Columbians are about to enjoy their last HST-free long weekend unless the B.C. Liberals live up to their word and stop the HST before its implementation on July 1, say New Democrats.

“This weekend, British Columbians will be camping, golfing, going to movies, and eating lunch on their favourite restaurant patio,” said Bruce Ralston, New Democrat finance critic. “But if the B.C. Liberals push ahead with the HST, long weekends will cost British Columbians a lot more.

“There is still time for the B.C. Liberals to listen to the overwhelming opposition to this tax and stop the HST before July 1.”

Ralston noted that many things families will do on the Victoria Day long weekend will be hit with the HST.

“If you charter a boat and buy a lifejacket, tune up an old bike or buy a new one, you’ll pay seven-per-cent more with the HST,” said Ralston. “If you buy vegetable plants for your garden, go camping, or take a train trip to the Interior, you’ll pay seven-per-cent more.”

Ralston noted that voters are angry the B.C. Liberals said they would not implement the HST and then, after the election, announced the tax that will shift a $1.9 billion burden on to consumers.

“It’s no wonder British Columbians are so outraged,” said Ralston. “The right thing for the B.C. Liberals to do is apologize immediately to British Columbians, and stop the HST.”

Some of the items and services that will cost more with the HST include: camping reservation fees, theatre and movie tickets, food-producing plants like tomatoes, boat rentals, concerts and festivals, golf memberships and fees, bikes and bike repairs, helmets and lifejackets, moorage, parking, bus and train fares, domestic flights, prepared food, restaurant meals, spa and massage services, fishing charters, and much, much more.

Carole James and the New Democrats will continue to hold the B.C. Liberal government to account for their HST deception.