Editor – Similkameen Spotlight,
I would like correct some information for your readers regarding your July 21, 2011 article “HST ballot causing Anger”.
It is important that your readers are clear it was Election BC, an independent office, which created the referendum question, not government. Also, your article recommends readers go to a political website for information on the HST. I trust this was by error and you meant to send them to the HSTinBC.ca web site where they can get factual information about the decision in front them, including both the positive and negative aspects of the two tax systems.
Since I became Finance Minister I have worked very hard to ensure British Columbians get the facts they need to make an informed decision about whether to keep the HST or go back to the PST plus GST system. For the benefit of your readers, a ‘NO’ vote is to keep the HST and a ‘YES’ vote is to go back to the PST plus GST.
I will be voting ‘NO’ to keep the HST. I encourage your readers to get as much information as possible about the referendum and to read the ballot question and instructions very carefully. Ultimately it’s your choice.
Minister of Finance