Friday, December 4, 2009

Three-quarters of Ontarians oppose HST

HST equals Hated Sales Tax

Poll shows Liberals have 'a lot of work ahead' selling 13% solution, finance minister admits

Toronto Star
Fri Dec 04 2009

Three-quarters of Ontarians oppose the looming 13 per cent harmonized sales tax, suggests a new Toronto Star-Angus Reid Public Opinion survey.

In troubling news for Premier Dalton McGuinty's Liberals, 70 per cent of the 1,162 people polled said their opinion of the government has worsened due to the HST.

The numbers were released on the first day of public hearings into the tax at Queen's Park, where various interest groups converged, and about 300 First Nations peoples held an anti-tax rally on the front lawn and later blocked evening rush-hour traffic on University Ave. and College St.

"This is where we have to draw a line in the sand," said Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee of the Union of Ontario Indians, calling for aboriginals to be exempt from the tax at cash registers.

The HST will put a "great burden" on aboriginal peoples, many of whom live in poverty, particularly in Northern Ontario where the cost of goods is already too high for many without the extra tax, added Grand Chief Stan Beardy of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

The online poll also found that 76 per cent of respondents are familiar with the tax, which melds the 8 per cent provincial sales tax with the 5 per cent federal GST as of July 1. That means an extra 8 per cent tax on many items that are now exempt from it but are already subject to the HST.

The poll, conducted Nov. 23 to 26, is considered accurate to within 2.8 percentage points.

With 75 per cent opposing the tax and five out of six – 83 per cent – predicting it will make goods and services more expensive, it's clear the government's message that the business-friendly levy will boost the economy is not taking hold.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan acknowledged his government's sales job on the tax, which it estimates will create 600,000 jobs by streamlining costs for business, has a long way to go.

"We still have a lot of work ahead of us to help educate Ontarians about this," Duncan told reporters, blaming "misinformation" from opposition parties for telling only part of the story.

"It's a very complicated package."

Duncan said he and Premier Dalton McGuinty have written to their federal counterparts asking Ottawa to grant the exemption the First Nations requested.

At the public hearings, a legislative committee heard a litany of complaints about the tax that will increase the price of gasoline, heating fuel, haircuts, taxi fares, and hundreds of other goods and services.

"We are opposed to new taxes, which is what the HST is to bowling," said Sue Cannon of the Bowling Proprietors Organization of Ontario, who noted laws permitting Sunday shopping and banning indoor smoking have already hurt her industry.

Others, including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Trucking Association, came out strongly in favour of the tax, which Duncan says will be offset by personal income tax cuts taking effect Jan. 1 and rebate cheques in the next two years.

"What's uppermost on people's minds right now is jobs and future jobs," said David Bradley, president of the Ontario Trucking Association. "And unless we get the tax system right here we're not going to be able to make sure those jobs are there."


Dr Mike said...

So let me get this straight , 75% of the people that live in Ontario oppose this tax.

So that must mean that if I did my cyphering right & checked my sums , then only 25% of the people are for it or don`t have any response.

Hmmmmmmm , so let me get this straight in my pea sized mind , 75% don`t want this tax but we are getting it anyway.

What am I missing here??

Didn`t we hire these goofballs , don`t we pay them , are they not supposed to do what we want??

I say hmmmmmm.

Something is wrong with this picture . again.

Dr Mike Popovich

PS--what`s up with the new exemption for natives??--are we not all residents of Ontario??

Why not give a GST style rebate for all those below a certain income level--that would cover everyone.

Better yet , exempt everyone.

Anonymous said...

I will shell out $2,040 more taxes to pay for our basic necessities

DECEMBER 5, 2009

Using the Citizen's online HST calculator, David Howard figured out that his family would pay an extra $2,316 a year in harmonized sales tax. But with the reduction in personal income tax, he would save $276 a year.

Thank you to the Ottawa Citizen for making available the Ontario HST calculator on its website. You simply place your monthly expenses in those household expenses that will have an effect on the new HST and it will then tell you how much extra you will pay on a monthly basis.

Then I went on the Ontario Liberal website to their online calculator in which you enter your current income and it tells you how much money in taxes you will save on their personal income tax cut.

When I did this exercise my worst fears came to light. I will save about $23 per month on my income tax. However, I will be paying more than $193 a month in extra HST. This means I will be giving Dalton McGuinty and his tax-and-spend Liberal government an additional $2,040 per year in taxes.

Ontarians should really be concerned and start speaking out more as this new HST will adds up to a big bite out of our spending dollars.

On my way to work this week, I filled up my truck with gasoline and bought a coffee. I take small comfort from knowing I won't pay 11 more cents in PST on my morning Tim Hortons coffee, which is exempt, yet my truck took 75 litres of gas and, starting next July, this fillup will cost me $6 more.

I got home that night and opened my hydro bill and based on the new HST, I will soon be paying $38.88 more. After dinner I drove my daughter to her competitive dance lessons and paid one of many bills we receive throughout the year. Even though this one bill was $945, next year it will be $72 more. The list goes on and on.

McGuinty is wrongly stating that income tax cuts and tax credits will more than offset this new HST.

If this is truly the case, then why is McGuinty offering Ontario taxpayers a one-time $1,000 tax rebate? Think about it. The year after we receive this $1,000 bribe, there will be no more tax rebate yet this new HST tax will continue taking money from our pockets, money we could be spending in stores and restaurants actually helping our economy.

It's no wonder the Liberal government does not want to hold any public hearings. This is nothing but another Dalton Mcguinty tax grab that will in turn hurt our economy.

David Howard,