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Time for the Canada Revenue Agency to issue welfare cheques

The creation of a strong new national welfare program

Message to Stephen Harper: 10 step job creation plan

  Stephen Harper should get serious about job creation.  Below are ten proposals to get Canadians working again.    Abolish taxes on new small businesses during the first five...

Keeping HST is better for British Columbia, these economists say

With the HST referendum currently underway, British Columbians have the option of voting either "No" to keep the revised HST in place, or "Yes" to return to the dual tax systems of the PST and GST. A...

HST explainer

Now that Canada Post is functioning again, it's time to decide about the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).  Should you vote to keep the tax, or should you vote to give it the boot?  You may have...

Liberals to cut HST to 10 per cent if B.C. voters support tax in summer referendum

Finance Minister Kevin Falcon promises to cut HST by two per cent -- if B.C. voters agree to support the tax in this summer's referendum.

Why Canada can't afford Stephen Harper

It’s a good time to debunk the biggest Stephen Harper myth there is: “We are good economic managers”. Repeating a lie does not make it true.

The unhappy reality of revoking the HST

The case against the Harmonized Sales Tax has resonated in many sectors across British Columbia. Who can blame people? According to a number of statistical analysis done by Statistics Canada, after...

HST Rebate Seen as a Partial Victory

On Thursday, January 14th the Minister of Finance, Colin Hansen, provided some welcome news for schools, universities, and hospitals in BC. Hansen announced a new HST rebate that he says will protect...