Earlier, we reported the provincial government had started running an ad promoting the benefits of the harmonized sales tax as part of its $5 million HSTinBC.ca "information campaign." But, according to Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, there will be no ads promoting the benefits of returning to provincial sales tax "because there's isn't any positives of moving back." This, despite an earlier promise not to run a "persuasion campaign." Now, the government has rolled out a series of ads promoting its harmonized sales tax fix. So what will be the consequences of that roll out? Well, in an earlier news conference, Mr. Falcon said the government would be "rightly criticized" if it turned its "information campaign" into a "sales job," causing public opinion to "boomerang and we'd get nowhere."
June 13, 2011