The fight over the harmonized sales tax will come down to a fight between hatred and fear - hatred of the tax versus the fear of what will happen if it's scrapped. At least, that's what I predicted back in April. But, up until now, that hasn't happened. Fight HST has been doing a lot of hate mongering. But the government and its Smart Tax Alliance allies haven't been doing a log of fear mongering. Instead, they've preferred to promote the HST's positives. Politically, I thought that was a mistake because going negative works.
And it seems someone at the alliance agrees because, last week, it rolled out a tough new advertisement warning British Columbians of what it sees as the dangers of going back to the provincial sales tax. So the question now is whether that fear mongering has come too late to save the HST. And, based on recent polling, it looks like it may have.