Premier Christy Clark has promised to cut the harmonized sales tax from 12 to 10 percent over the next three years. But that still means you'll be voting this month on whether you want to continue paying more on many items that were exempt under the seven percent provincial sales tax - from restaurant food to your basic cable bill. Other than that, the government's pitch for the HST hasn't actually much changed since Gordon Campbell introduced it. The only thing that has really changed is who is making that pitch: a Stickman and a Vancouver Canucks jersey-wearing premier hockey mom. But whether that's enough to win the government the harmonized sales tax referendum remains to be seen.
June 6, 2011