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Old 04-23-2011, 12:15 PM   #133 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MrClutch View Post
who's responsible then?
Harmonized Sales Tax

and a couple of interesting quotes i ripped from the article...

In 1996, three Atlantic provinces New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia worked with the federal government to implement a Harmonized Sales Tax and lower the sales tax portion to eight percent. The result was a 15% combined tax when the federal rate of seven percent was added. The new tax went into effect on April 1, 1997
The HST was introduced on July 1, 2010 in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia. Polls show that 82% of British Columbians and 74% of Ontarians opposed it[18] before it was implemented.
In British Columbia, the GST was previously applied on gasoline and diesel fuel which will no longer be taxed under the Harmonized Sales Tax,[2] whereas in Ontario the HST will increase tax on gasoline and diesel from 5% to 13%.
In his 2008 budget address, Stephen Harper called the HST "the single most important step provinces with retail sales taxes could take to improve the competitiveness of Canadian businesses."
The Globe and Mail reporting on the study found that the "Ontario government will actually lose revenue."
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