On Sunday, former local politicians Greg Deck and Alvin Stedel warned the harmonized sales tax could drive British Columbians near Alberta to do more cross-border shopping, an analysis shared by the president and chief executive of the eastern province's chamber of commerce. In an interview with Public Eye, Ken Kolby said, "You may, in fact, see some leakage, I think, of some of your retail purchases to Alberta." But that's good news for Wild Rose Country.
"We're only too happy to see the business come in to Alberta," said Mr. Kolby. "In the spirit of free-trade amongst Alberta and B.C. under the TILMA agreement, we've always been good neighbours and always known that there were pluses and minuses that could be made from the relationship. But, certainly, I would imagine your losses are going to be our gain."