BRITISH COLUMBIA, June 29 /CNW/ - Here's what may be in store for you on
You begin the day by leafing through the newspaper - suddenly
remembering that you are now paying more every month for magazine and
newspaper subscriptions. You think about taking the kids out for
breakfast, but you realize the HST will now add at least $4-5 to your
family's bill every time you eat at a restaurant.
You reach for your daily vitamins - the average family will now pay
about a dollar a day in additional taxes for these products.
There is a letter on your table - your condo fees are going up because
of the HST.
A monthly increase of $75-150 will be quite common, which means you will
be paying at least $3-5 more per day. On top of this, internet access
fees and home phone service will add another dollar a day for most
families. That new home you were thinking about for your family is now
out the question, as it too will now be taxed.
Everyone's loaded into the car. You head to the amusement park for the
day, but there you receive another surprise. Because of the HST, your
family will pay $15-30 more on admission and merchandise. You grumble to
yourself and fork over the additional amount.
When your car overheats on the ride home, you have to pay the tow truck
driver an extra $10 just to cover the HST. You are thankful you did not
need a major repair - the new tax bill could have quickly become
You add up the day's expenses and find that you paid close to $50 in
extra taxes on Canada Day - thanks to the HST. And when stores, services
and businesses open again tomorrow, expect to pay even more.
"Everyday necessities like phone service and maintenance fees are now
going to be taxed, and this is going to be especially hard on those with
fixed incomes," says Peter Coleman, President and CEO of the National
The B.C. government says this is good for business. But it is bad news
for the rest of us. "Gordon Campbell claims we will all benefit as
businesses pass along the savings they derive from the HST. Don't hold
your breath," Coleman adds.
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