You just noticed gas is 10 cents more. You’re probably pissed. Maybe you’ve seen the list. The list of what’s getting taxed and what’s not. Gas realistically should cost way more anyway, because (almost always) the environmental costs are externalized.
Before you go on an Atlas Shrugged tirade, know some things. Based on reductions in your income tax (which we probably didn’t notice), the nominal HST rebate cheques, and upcoming HSTness, the burden on the average consumer is minimal. Rich people will pay more, boo hoo. It’s true that some new costs are burdened on the consumer’s shoulders. However, lower income status Ontarians will face the smallest brunt.
The thing that really rubs wrong is how Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak is vehemently opposing the HST. This guy is supposed to be a pro-jobs, pro-business, economy-centric conservative. When economists from around the world believe it’s the best way to maintain competitiveness and help Ontario businesses, completely inane politicization ensues. Don’t tell me you’re an NDP man of the people Mr. Hudak. He is disagreeing simply because political parties should never actually agree right? The infuriating, terrible 2s, GOP method of NO.
I totally gave Hudak a chance. If he was reasonable, this would be an interesting political race. But this HST opposition is proof that he’s exactly the worst person for the job. When you instantly contradict yourself right out of the gate, I’m out. Read a great Globe article on the HST here . This is your education. Then if you want, read why economists like it here and here. Happy wading.