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Below I have included the text of a letter to your MP. Simply copy and paste into your word processor and finish the details or make your own modifications, then print and mail it to your MP at the address provided.


[Your MP's Name: If a Minister preceded with Hon.]
[If Minister insert title here]
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A OA6

RE: BC HST Enabling Legislation.

Dear [MP's title, if Minister, and Name},
I am writing you to oppose the implementation of a Harmonized Sales Tax in the province of British Columbia.

Poll’s in British Columbia show that over 85% of citizen here are opposed to this tax. This opposition represents an overwhelming majority in every riding. The results of the recent by-election in New Westminster-Coquitlam demonstrates that any BC politician that supports the HST will face the wrath of the voters at election time.

As a voter in [ constituency], I will be casting my ballot in the next federal election only for candidates that oppose the implementation of the HST in BC, regardless of political party. If you wish to have my support, and the support of thousands of other constituents in this riding, I strongly urge you to vote against the implementation of the HST.

I hope that you will heed the majority of your constituents wishes and that you will act in accordance with Canadian democratic principles and political accountability with regard to the HST.

I strongly oppose this tax on the basis that the BC Liberals have no mandate to create such a tax, it is being unfairly implemented in BC, and will place too great a burden on consumers struggling to cope with a recession.

Once again, I urge you to please vote according to the majority of your constituent’s wishes against the HST.


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Comment by Stephen J. Gray
2009-11-24 10:52:18

Tax Addicted Politicians
By Stephen J. Gray

There are dangerous tax addicts ruling our land. The junkies are politicians of all political stripes who are hooked on confiscating money from the people. The people are being burdened by all kinds of taxes, The GST, and the PST are some examples, and now the latest one being proposed is the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

The Ontario and B.C. Liberal governments intend to impose this new tax on July 1st. 2010. This Hammer the Serfs Tax, pardon me, Harmonized Sales Tax will be a tax grab of massive proportions.
An article by CBC news of October 7, 2009 said this:
“…the fact is the federal government is aiding and abetting the provinces. It plans to pay B.C. and Ontario almost $6 billion to ease the transition to the HST.” [1]

So there you have it, “$6 Billion” of our tax dollars are being handed over to the Liberal governments of Ontario and B.C. by Prime Minister, Stephen Harper’s “conservative” government to bring in the HST. Could this be called political bribery paid with our own tax dollars?
And Stephen Harper, leader of the “conservative” government is on record as saying this:
“I don’t believe any taxes are good taxes.” [2]

Mr. Harper is not the only politician to say one thing then do another. CanWest News Service, June 4, 2007, had this headline: “No taxes if re-elected McGuinty promises, honest” the article went on to say: “Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty promised Sunday that he won’t raise taxes if he is re-elected this fall and insisted he really means it this time.
“The premier, who ran on a no-new-taxes platform in the 2003 election and then introduced one of the largest income tax increases in provincial history, said Ontarians should believe him now ‘because I’m in charge.’” [3]
The Liberal government in Ontario is not the only government, to say one thing then do another.

The Liberal Government of B.C., which some people are calling deceitful, are also going to bring in the HST. Yet, they reportedly said this during the election campaign:

“The [B.C.] Liberals provided written statements during the spring campaign to restaurant owners and home builders that they had ‘no plans’ to implement the controversial HST.”
(Journalist, Kent Spencer, in the Province newspaper of July 28, 2009.)

Still, they had an excuse for this change of plans, after being elected.
Gordon Campbell’s finance minister said this about the HST, “It was not on our radar before the election,…” Isn’t it amazing how this plan to impose the HST just appeared on their “radar” after being elected? A cynic might call this political deceit?

We have reached a stage in this country, that no matter who is in power, we cannot trust any of the political class. They are tax addicted, and we are their victims. They are stiffing us every chance they get for more and more taxes. We are being held in political bondage by taxaholics. Sooner, rather than later we have to break free. These political parasites are feeding off everything we buy or sell. They have infested the system; and therefore, one has to ask: can we afford the money seizing habits of tax addicted politicians?

Stephen J. Gray
November 23, 2009.

Comment by ann hamilton
2009-12-01 15:04:16

My family and I are extremely concerned about the impact the HST will have on our purchases of sports equipment for teens in field hockey, soccer, basketball, rugby, hockey, figure skating. We are also extremely unhappy at the idea of this additional tax on safety equipment. That we in BC are hosting the Olympics yet have a Premier who is pushing ahead to tax sports and safety equip. doesn’t make any sense to us.

Comment by rosemary sharpe
2010-02-05 00:16:01

We do not need the Hst, listen to the people… are not dictators….just because you are elected, doesnt mean you can do what you want….cobble hill BC

Comment by Robert Curran
2010-02-05 10:55:41

We are blaming our Prov. Govt. for this H.S.T. and we are correct in doing so, But the real blame should be put where it belongs, and that is with the Harper Govt. who initiated this terrible rape of our Citizens in bad times… I for one will never vote for the Harper Govt. again…

Comment by Catherine Kosiancic
2010-04-10 11:27:07

This greedy, incompetent government has finally found the peoples’ breaking point.
Let them cut their own bloated salaries and blatant abuse of taxpayers’ hard-earned money. This government will never get my vote.

Comment by Judy Prachnau
2010-04-19 04:23:50

Those are my exact feelings, they did not get my vote last time and won’t get my vote next time. I agree they should have their salaries cut for an incompetent job.

Comment by Bleepymo
2010-04-24 14:42:07

Money is the Root of All Evil …
Greed and Corruption are taking over the World … Or , has everyone been living under a BC Pine ???
All you can do is take a deep breath and suck it up …
Start to realize that the human race WANTS too much and will do whatever it takes to get it !!!


If you want less taxes … You must Want less possessions !!!!!!

Comment by Barrey Moore
2010-04-26 03:33:57

I have had just about enough of my hard earned dollars being stolen out of my jeans by lying stealing government politicians who feel it’s there right to take what ever they want when they want.
You tell me whats the point of going to work every day just to have your money taken of you for taxes.
I don’t know about you but i’m tired of not being able to spend time with my family because I have to work all the time just to make ends meet and I don’t spend my money foolishly.
If we don’t stand up for ourselfs the government will just keep taking and taking till someone dose.
Think about it,if you could steal money and no one complained about it or only squawked a bit why would you stop, christ fill your pockets thats the way the government thinks.
It’s time to stand up and be heard if not for yourself then for your children.

Comment by Robert Nyirfa
2010-04-27 09:15:42

The Liberal government is going to try to pass the enabeling legistlation for the HST on Thursday of this week, what everyone should be doing today and tomorrow is to e-mail their mla and tell them that if they vote it in the Liberal party will be dead in BC for at least a decade and they will all be out of jobs. Tell them you WANT them to either abstain or vote against the bill

Comment by AA
2010-05-04 16:41:24

No HST!!!

2010-05-05 17:50:30

Please encourage your friends and neighbours to sign the ANTI-HST petition. We need a lot of signatures and committed people, which are willing to go, if necessary the next step. Thank you Bill and all the others by putting so much time and effort in, to STOP Dictator Gordon Campbell’s and the hated HST

Comment by james m
2010-05-11 12:57:16

It’s time for change and I for one am planning to vote this government out of office in the next election. I am joining the campaign to fight the implementation of the H.S.T. This so called government for the people is a joke. It’s time for the people of British Columbia to wake up and pull their heads out of the sand and get involved in their province. Collectively we as voters have the power to force change.Come on get involved ,talk to your government representatives and plan for your future and most importantly the future of your children.

Comment by Kenneth B. Duncan
2010-08-09 20:33:35

Until I found out that the LIBERAL GOVERNMENT in British Columbia was not a government for the citizens I have never voted for them after their 1st term in B.C. Just too many untruths and definitely not for what was needed for the working citizen(privatize everything)There very 1st act to cut hospital staff and union personell turned me inside out and I was sorry that I voted for them and will never do so again.

Comment by James Hueston
2010-09-19 10:20:42

I am writing in regard to Chief Justice Baumans’s decision and I must admit constitutionally he is correct. If he is allowed to make decisions regarding taxation using the constition then why can we not use it for all decisions that affect Canadians. Section 91 of the BNA Act or the Constitution Act states very clearly that the Feds. can impose an undirect(sales tax)but section 92 under Exclusive Powers of the Legislature states very clearly the provinces are permitted to impost a direct tax(tax on wages). The Federal Government has relied on subsection 4 of the Powers of Parliament section 91 of the constitution to justify their imposing a direct tax on us all. If you read the the pre amble and post amble it is as clear as the nose on your face that that right is exclusive to the provinces and no other person.It is imperitive that we understand this. I believe that the Judge has simply shot him self in the foot and opened up a new can of worms.

James Hueston

Comment by Barb
2010-09-24 17:41:20

I just listened to CBC radio FM today (24Sep) interview a rep from Elections BC. Basically this woman estimated the HST vote next year will cost $24 – 30 MILLION DOLLARS.
The citizenry has already spoken. 10% of the voters in every riding want the HST revoked. What more does it take? We can’t absorb endless spending by the current government nor can families survive under a crippling tax burden. Where is this money coming from? If we had 30 million hanging we would not need to sell our province to the Feds for 12%.

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