As regular readers will know, I am a believer in consumption taxes and using them to replace income taxes completely. I am therefore in favour of the Federal Government and the BC Government’s move towards a harmonized sales tax (or HST) which combines both Federal and Provincial consumption tax into one more easily managed package.
The HST is not popular here mainly, I believe, because of a shoddy job of explaining the full benefits. It is so unpopular in fact that a far right and formerly-disgraced ex-Premier, Bill Vander Zalm, has been leading a petition initiative to have the HST thrown out. A week or so ago he presented the petition with 700,000 signatures on it; enough to meet the stringent requirements of the initiative law, and he has been shouting from the rooftops about “democracy this” and “democracy that.”
Now, however, the independent Elections BC has announced that, on their first run through, they have found 150,000 phony signatures — and they are now looking for additional duplicates. Vander Zalm’s position: He said he was puzzled that Elections BC is bothering with an investigation. “I don’t know why they would care,” he said “People may have innocently signed twice.”
Is it any wonder that he is a disgraced ex-Premier.