In a lot of ways, the past four years have been wasted by the B.C. government. In mid 2009, the B.C. Liberals, led by Premier Gordon Campbell and Finance Minister Colin Hansen, plunged into the HST quicksand and never emerged. The more they struggled, the deeper they sank, until the electorate spoke and killed the HST once and for all.
The HST dominated every political and economic discussion in this province over the past four years. Yo-yo deficits, a new premier, a new opposition leader, voter outrage: they all flowed from the HST.
On May 14, 2013, British Columbians get to hit a giant reset button. The HST is dead and gone and now is the time to plot the way forward by casting a ballot.
Over the past two years, the B.C. office of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has written hundreds of articles, blog posts, news releases and speeches on the state of the B.C. economy. Always filtered through our missional lens of “lower taxes, less waste, more accountability,” we have held our politicians’ feet to the fire.
As voters prepare for this important vote on May 14, we thought it would be worth a look back. This e-book collects many of the CTF’s op/ed pieces, blog posts, articles, speeches and reports on the B.C. government’s fiscal policy. Where’s the waste? What are we spending money on? What can we do better?
We hope this e-book helps fill out your knowledge base and shape your opinion as you head to the ballot box. B.C.’s future is in our collective hands – let’s not mess it up.