The HST selling job
The provincial Liberal government is making its last minute push to convince Ontarians that the HST is a good tax that will not change very much. I received in the mail last week a booklet that lists a number of items that would be affected by the HST. These items were buried amongst many more items that would not be affected by the HST. Visually, it looks like most things will stay the same. This is not true.
Most services which were free of provincial sales tax will now be taxed. That is a huge list. From electricity to pet grooming to lawyers fees, all these services are now getting a new 8% added to them. On July 1, 2010, you will see gas prices jump about $0.08 a litre pushing the price comfortably over the dollar mark.
So this blog is a simple one. On July 1, 2010, the Ontario HST will come into effect and you will be paying more taxes to the provincial government.
So the real point of the selling job, in spite of the nice booklet, is will you vote for the McGuinty Liberals in October 2011? I’m sure there are more things still left to tax.