Jul 4, 2011 Uncategorized
FightHST felt that this was an important Press Release to share. Please follow the link at the end of the release to the UBCIC website for updates and reports.
UBCIC Chiefs Council Rejects HST
Vote Yes to Extinguish the HST
(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver – July 4, 2011) The Chiefs Council of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs passed Resolution 2011-21 “UBCIC Rejection of the HST” rejecting the unilaterally-imposed Harmonized Sales Tax, given the complete lack of consultation with First Nations and lack of expert economic or legal study on the impacts of HST on First Nations in B.C.
“The UBCIC struck a HST Committee to review the potential impacts of the HST on First Nations. We met with Minister Hansen and informed him of our desire to explore the HST and sought resources to commission an expert economic and legal analysis of the impacts of HST on First Nations in BC. Afterwards, we filed numerous formal requests, sent a steady stream of correspondence and made repeated phone calls in an effort to seek a formal response. Neither Minister Hansen nor his ministry formally responded to our request,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. “It was newly appointed Finance Minister Falcon who emailed a response this past April summarily dismissed our request and stated there was no need to study the impacts of the HST on First Nations.”
Grand Chief Phillip stated “The UBCIC HST Committee presented an update to the UBCIC Chiefs Council and made the recommendation to formally reject the HST. The Chiefs Council agreed by formal resolution to reject the HST and urge all First Nations to ‘Vote Yes’ on the Provincial HST referendum, to extinguish the HST.”
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Phone: (250) 490-5314
For copies of correspondence, updates and reports, go to http://www.ubcic.bc.ca/issues/HST.html
ATTACHMENT: Copy of News Release and UBCIC Resolution 2011-21 “UBCIC Rejection of the HST”
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Jun 8, 2010 Uncategorized
BC First Nations join Vander Zalm legal challenge to HST
Vancouver – The Union of BC Indian Chiefs has joined forces with Bill Vander Zalm in supporting a legal challenge to the HST. On Thursday of last week, the UBCIC passed a motion agreeing to support a challenge to the much hated sales tax, on the grounds that the tax will be applied to aboriginals in BC, and is outside the jurisdiction of both the federal and provincial government.
The motion reads:
“THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Union of BC Indian Chiefs Council supports the Fight HST campaign in exploring legal options, including a constitutional challenge to the implementation of the HST.”Share on Facebook