20th century arrival

Letter to the editor

Editor:

Re: A hard look at your choices (B.C. Views).

Tom Fletcher’s column name “BC Views” suggests views that are antiquated (“Before Christ”), but his thinking is as modern as the early 20th Century when Canada had minimal governmental support for people who were poor or homeless or unemployed.

Yet Mr. Fletcher’s views are part of a healthy public debate on the use of scarce taxpayer dollars, and his defence of the HST is laudable on strictly economic grounds. Opponents to the HST worry about the social cost of shifting more of the tax burden away from businesses and onto individuals and families.

We are not wanting to “throw a $3-billion chair through the office window” but protest a sneaky government tax initiative that has added to our daily expenses.

Jim McMurty

Surrey, B.C.

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