The Campbell Government Will Be Digging Deeper Into Your Wallet on July 1st

BRITISH COLUMBIA, June 29 /CNW/ - Here's what may be in store for you on Canada Day…

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 unmanageable.

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 Citizens Coalition.

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.

The National Citizens Coalition. More freedom through less government.


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