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Old 04-23-2011, 01:15 PM   #133 (permalink)
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who's responsible then?
Harmonized Sales Tax

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

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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
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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.
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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%.
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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."
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The Globe and Mail reporting on the study found that the "Ontario government will actually lose revenue."
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