Dear Misinformed Voter:
Thanks for writing to me about the proposed single sales tax. Your views are important and they matter to me. And I appreciate your taking the time to express them.
If you're looking for detailed information about the tax changes, you= can find it at www.ontario.ca/taxsavings
I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you why our government is making these important changes. It's all about building a stronger economy for Ontario.
Merging the GST and the PST on July 1, 2010, is the single most important step we can take to make Ontario more attractive to businesses. As already proven in the Atlantic provinces, a single sales tax will mean more business investment in Ontario and, ultimately, more jobs for Ontarians.
By merging two taxes with different rules into one sales tax with one set of rules, we're reducing red tape -- and creating new incentives for Ontario businesses to grow and for new businesses to locate here.
I know this change will not be easy. That's why we're doing our part to make the transition as smooth as possible for families across the province.
Our full package of tax changes includes personal income tax cuts and small business tax cuts. In fact, 93 per cent of all Ontario taxpayers will benefit from a personal income tax cut next year.
Our tax changes will leave our government with $2.3 billion less revenue over the next four years. While that shortfall will create its own set of challenges, we feel strongly that it's a price worth paying if we truly want Ontario to prosper.
I know many Ontarians are feeling the effects of the current global economic recession. But I am confident that, if we work together, and are prepared to make changes now to help our economy, Ontario will emerge an even stronger, more prosperous and more beautiful place for our children and grandchildren.
Thanks again for contacting me.
Premier of Ontario
Friday, July 3, 2009
Bashful Dalton, neglects to mention the $2 billion annual windfall that HST represents for corporations?
Posted by Fillibluster at 2:34 PM