The B.C. government will unveil its plan in Victoria Wednesday to try to reduce the impact of the HST. Premier Christy Clark has said the tax needs to be fixed and she has been promising bold and smart measures to do that.
“We are going to do our level best to make sure we are addressing the concerns that people have,” Clark said Tuesday. “We are going to have to do it within provincial jurisdiction and with the tools we have in our tool box.”
The premier admitted B.C. families are feeling squeezed by the HST: a recent report pegged the cost at $350 a year for the average family.
Clark told delegates at the recent B.C. Liberal convention that she is concerned about the HST adding to the extra financial squeeze families are facing. “We are looking at the HST through a family lens,” she told the convention delegates.
At the convention, Liberals told Clark to consider cutting the 12-per-cent tax down to 11 or 10 per cent, offering cash rebates and eliminating the tax from environmentally-friendly products like bicycles and from restaurant meals and some sizes of children’s clothing.