Fast food giant enters HST debate

Ronald McDonald looks like he's getting into the debate over the harmonized sales tax. McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd. has hired government relations consultant Bruce Young to lobby the province about the tax. The company hasn't yet responded to a request for comment on that lobbying or its position regarding the HST. But the restaurant industry has opposed the tax. And, according to a record filed with the lobbyist registry last week, McDonald's wants to provide the Clark administration with "information" pertaining to the government's "HST information campaign" and "consultation process."

That filing came just after the government announced it would be spending $700,000 on a voters guide that will be distributed to British Columbians in advanced of the referendum on the harmonized sales tax. The government has also announced it will launching a public engagement process to "consider options" on how to improve the HST.

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